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May 30, 2016

Generalists Get Better Job Offers Than Specialists

By Nicole Torres

New research suggests employers value versatility more than focus.

LEADING TEAMS

4 Ways to Be More Effective at Execution by Jack Zenger, Joseph Folkman

It’s the thing your boss most wants from you.

MOTIVATING PEOPLE

Why John Deere Measures Employee Morale Every Two Weeks by Brad Power

The link between motivation and innovation.

CAREER PLANNING

Change Your Career Without Having to Start All Over Again by Dorie Clark

How to capitalize on your past experience.

ANALYTICS

Where Predictive Analytics Is Having the Biggest Impact by Jacob LaRiviere, Preston McAfee, Justin Rao, Vijay K. Narayanan, Walter Sun

Companies are using big data for pricing, maintenance, and more.

CROSS-CULTURAL MANAGEMENT

Different Cultures See Deadlines Differently by Bhaskar Pant

Is time linear or cyclical?

ANALYTICS

What a Minor League Moneyball Reveals About Predictive Analytics by Michael Schrage

A lesson in real-world data-driven decision making.

GROWTH STRATEGY

From Accountant to Yogi: Making a Radical Career Change by Vijay Govindarajan, Hylke Faber

Quit being the person you’re “supposed” to be.

LEADERSHIP

Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool by Melissa Daimler

Three suggestions to try this week.

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

PM’s Address at the Plenary Session of the North-Eastern Council  

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
I am very happy to be here for the North Eastern Council Plenary meeting. I also take this opportunity of welcoming you all to this meeting. I hope that the deliberations that have already taken place since yesterday and further deliberations that we have today, will help in faster development of this region. I am also happy to note that the North Eastern Council has provided support in the development of the North East region. It has been instrumental in establishment of a number of institutions and taking up infrastructure projects in the region. The North Eastern Council was s… more »

Visit of Air Marshal Pankaj Aneja, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command to Air Force Station Tughlakabad

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
Air Marshal Pankaj Aneja VSM, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Maintenance Command, Indian Air Force arrived at Air Force Station Tughlakabad, a premier Base Repair Depot (BRD) under Maintenance Command, on 26 May 2016 on a two days visit. This was his first visit to BRD, after assuming Command as AOC-in-C, Maintenance Command. AOC-in C, MC was received by Air Commodore Yogesh Handa, Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Air Force Station Tughlakabad. On his arrival, an impressive Guard of Honour was presented to the AOC-in-C. The AOC-in-C visited various production wings, calib… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s Message on the Eve of Republic Day of Azerbaijan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the eve of their Republic Day (May 28, 2016). In a message to His Excellency Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to convey cordial greetings and felicitations to you and to the Government and people of Azerbaijan on the occasion of your Republic Day. India and Azerbaijan enjoy warm a… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s Message on the Eve of National Day of Ethiopia

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on the eve of their National Day (May 28, 2016). In a message to His Excellency Mr. Mulatu Teshome, the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to convey to you and to the people of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, warm greetings and felicitations on the occasion of y… more »

Media Statement by the President of India Upon the Conclusion of His State Visit to the People’s Republic of China

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
Following is the full text of the statement to media by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee upon the conclusion of his State visit to the People’s Republic of China (May 24 to 27, 2016). The statement was made on board the aircraft during the President’s return to New Delhi from Beijing today (May 27, 2016): “I have just concluded my State visit to the People’s Republic of China from May 24 -27, 2016. My delegation included Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (IC) of the Ministry of Textiles, four Members of Parliament representing major political parties and di… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to Present Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskars on May 29

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will present the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskars for the year 2016 on May 29, 2016 at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar was instituted by Mohinder Singh Syngle Education & Research Society in honour of its founder Smt. Malti Mohinder Singh Syngle, eminent educationist and social worker. Every year Government school teachers from Punjab Government’s High & Higher Secondary Schools receive this award for their contributions in the field of education. The award carries Rs. one lakh, certificate of excell… more »

Cochin Port celebrates Port Day

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The Cochin Port celebrated ‘Port Day’ on 26.05.2016 with a business meeting for the exporters and importers and agencies, among other programmes. Sri Paul Antony, Chairman of the Cochin Port till 16th May, 2016 was the Chief Guest. He recalled the great efforts in bringing up the Cochin Port to its present situation of achieving Rs. 70 crores of operational profit in the just concluded financial year. He thanked the organizations like Customs, Immigration, Sales Tax and Motor Vehicle department for their co-operation in achieving the targets. He urged all the Port users to make best … more »

Northeast witnessed path-breaking development in two years: Dr Jitendra Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the two day Plenary Meeting of North Eastern Council (NEC) in Shillong today, which is being attended by Governors and Chief Ministers of all the eight States of North Eastern region. Among those present were Shri Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Shri Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, Governor of Nagal… more »

Ministry of HRD directs UGC to amend regulations regarding workload of teachers.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has reviewed the recent amendment to the UGC (Minimum Qualifications for appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges and measures for the maintenance of standards in higher education) Regulations, 2010. Consequent on the review, the Ministry has issued a direction to the UGC, under Section 20(1) of the UGC Act, 1956, to undertake amendments in the Regulation. After these amendments are carried out, the position regarding workload will be as follows:- (i) In the UGC (Minimum Qualifications for appoi… more »

Defence Minister releases a booklet highlighting efforts made by Department of Defence Production

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar released a booklet, here today (26.05.2016), highlighting the efforts made by Department of Defence Production in the last two years in pursuance of self-reliance in defence sector. It is a compilation of the achievements of the Department of Defence Production in the field of indigenous production of weapon systems/platforms and policy initiatives undertaken in the past two years. With the launch of Make in India portal in September 2014 by the Government, the focus has been to improve the business environment by easing processes to do bus… more »

NCC Girls scale Mt. Everest

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
The NCC Girls Mt. Everest Expedition Team has successfully scaled the world’s highest peak on May 21 and 22, 2016. They scaled the peak after dividing themselves into two teams, where the first team led by the Expedition Team Leader Col Gaurav Karki, reached the summit on May 21, 2016 and the second team led by Lt Col Vishal Alhawat reached the top on May 22, 2016 making it a first ever successful expedition by the NCC Girls Team. This is an extraordinary achievement as all ten girl cadets of the expedition team are between the age group of 17 and 21 years. Earlier, the team led by… more »

Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘ARUSH’ Commissioned

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
The Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Arush’, the seventeenth in the series of twenty Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), designed and built by M/s Cochin Shipyard Limited, was commissioned today (26.05.2016) at Kochi by the Coast Guard Commander (Western Seaboard) Additional Director General SPS Basra. Addressing the function, the ADG SPS Basra termed the FPVs as the work horses of Coast Guard. The flag officer also dwelt upon the fast paced development of the Indian Coast Guard and acknowledged its efforts to face the emerging security challenges in the maritime domain. He emphasised the importan…more »

Northeast witnessed path-breaking development in two years: Dr Jitendra Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the two day Plenary Meeting of North Eastern Council (NEC) in Shillong today (26.05.2016), which is being attended by Governors and Chief Ministers of all the eight States of North Eastern region. Among those present were Shri Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Shri Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, Gove… more »

Special Webpage on two years of NDA Government unveiled by PIB.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Press Information Bureau has created a special webpage which is a one-stop information source for the Media on the initiatives and achievements of the NDA Government at the Centre in the last two years. The webpage is linked on the main page under the icon “Transforming India” – “DeshBadalRaha Hai”. The Webpage has information on achievements in the last two years, Ministry-wise as well as Sector-wise. All the important Cabinet decisionsin the last two years of the NDA Government have also been provided on the special webpage chronologically. *The webpage can also be directly ac… more »

NITI Aayog Launches 500 Tinkering Labs for Schools and 100 Incubation Centres

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
NITI Aayog is inviting applications from eligible schools/ organisations and individuals to apply for the three major schemes under Atal Innovation Mission: (a) establishing *tinkering laboratories *in schools (b) establishing *new incubation centres *and (c) *scaling-up established incubation centres.* To foster creativity and scientific temper in students, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) will establish 500 Atal Tinkering Laboratories in schools. It will provide one time establishment grant-in-aid of Rs. 10 lakh for establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) in schools (grade VI –… more »

I&B Ministry frames Policy guidelines for Central Government advertisements on websites

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
In a major policy initiative concerning Central Government advertisements on online platform, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has framed guidelines and criteria for Empanelment of suitable agencies and Rate fixation for advertisements on websites. The aim of the guidelines is to devise principles and instruments to streamline the release of Government advertisements on websites. The policy emphasizes that only websites which are owned and operated by companies that are incorporated in India will be considered for empanelment by Directorate of Advertising & Visual Publicity… more »

Address by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the Peking University, China on the Topic “India –China Relations: 8 Steps to a Partnership of the People”

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
I thank you for your kind words of welcome. I am delighted to be here today at this prestigious institution of higher learning. The Peking University is world renowned for the erudition of its scholars and inspired leadership. I greatly value this opportunity to meet the members of its management and faculty – and to see you, the future leaders of China, your bright smiles radiating energy and confidence. This university has, throughout its proud history, welcomed international scholars and fostered close relationships with institutions in the neighbourhood and beyond. Its contribut… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee Outlines Eight Steps for a People Centric Partnership Between India and China

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee delivered a lecture at Peking University today (May 26, 2016) on the topic “India-China Relations: 8 steps to a people-centric partnership”. Addressing the gathering, the President said at a time of global economic uncertainty, India and China, despite the pressure of having 40 per cent of the world’s human population, have managed to maintain unity and growth. The joint contribution of the two countries to world economy as well as regional and global stability, cannot be underestimated. India and China are poised to join the ranks of l… more »

India and China are Poised to Play a Significant and Constructive Role in the 21st Century, Says President

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended at Peking University today a Round Table of Vice Chancellors and heads of higher education institutions of India and China. He received reports from representatives of both sides on the discussions and witnessed the exchange of ten MOUs for cooperation between the institutions of higher learning of India and China. Addressing the gathering, the President said India and China are poised to play a significant and constructive role in the 21st Century. The President said as far back as the 6th Century, seats of higher learning li… more »

Address by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the Conclusion of the Roundtable at Peking University

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
At the outset I would like to thank the Peking University and Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China for hosting this Round Table. I was very interested to hear the presentations of select academic leaders from both countries and the outcomes of their deliberations. The themes on which you have focused your discussions, are vital for the future of university education in both our countries. They represent the current focus of academic communities world wide – and are an area where the academic community in both China and India could collaborate to great mutual bene… more »

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3. Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Special Webpage on two years of NDA Government unveiled by PIB.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 11 hours ago
The Press Information Bureau has created a special webpage which is a one-stop information source for the Media on the initiatives and achievements of the NDA Government at the Centre in the last two years. The webpage is linked on the main page under the icon “Transforming India” – “DeshBadalRaha Hai”. The Webpage has information on achievements in the last two years, Ministry-wise as well as Sector-wise. All the important Cabinet decisionsin the last two years of the NDA Government have also been provided on the special webpage chronologically. *The webpage can also be directly ac… more »

NITI Aayog Launches 500 Tinkering Labs for Schools and 100 Incubation Centres

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
NITI Aayog is inviting applications from eligible schools/ organisations and individuals to apply for the three major schemes under Atal Innovation Mission: (a) establishing *tinkering laboratories *in schools (b) establishing *new incubation centres *and (c) *scaling-up established incubation centres.* To foster creativity and scientific temper in students, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) will establish 500 Atal Tinkering Laboratories in schools. It will provide one time establishment grant-in-aid of Rs. 10 lakh for establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) in schools (grade VI –… more »

I&B Ministry frames Policy guidelines for Central Government advertisements on websites

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
In a major policy initiative concerning Central Government advertisements on online platform, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has framed guidelines and criteria for Empanelment of suitable agencies and Rate fixation for advertisements on websites. The aim of the guidelines is to devise principles and instruments to streamline the release of Government advertisements on websites. The policy emphasizes that only websites which are owned and operated by companies that are incorporated in India will be considered for empanelment by Directorate of Advertising & Visual Publicity… more »

Address by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the Peking University, China on the Topic “India –China Relations: 8 Steps to a Partnership of the People”

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
I thank you for your kind words of welcome. I am delighted to be here today at this prestigious institution of higher learning. The Peking University is world renowned for the erudition of its scholars and inspired leadership. I greatly value this opportunity to meet the members of its management and faculty – and to see you, the future leaders of China, your bright smiles radiating energy and confidence. This university has, throughout its proud history, welcomed international scholars and fostered close relationships with institutions in the neighbourhood and beyond. Its contribut… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee Outlines Eight Steps for a People Centric Partnership Between India and China

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee delivered a lecture at Peking University today (May 26, 2016) on the topic “India-China Relations: 8 steps to a people-centric partnership”. Addressing the gathering, the President said at a time of global economic uncertainty, India and China, despite the pressure of having 40 per cent of the world’s human population, have managed to maintain unity and growth. The joint contribution of the two countries to world economy as well as regional and global stability, cannot be underestimated. India and China are poised to join the ranks of l… more »

India and China are Poised to Play a Significant and Constructive Role in the 21st Century, Says President

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended at Peking University today a Round Table of Vice Chancellors and heads of higher education institutions of India and China. He received reports from representatives of both sides on the discussions and witnessed the exchange of ten MOUs for cooperation between the institutions of higher learning of India and China. Addressing the gathering, the President said India and China are poised to play a significant and constructive role in the 21st Century. The President said as far back as the 6th Century, seats of higher learning li… more »

Address by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the Conclusion of the Roundtable at Peking University

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
At the outset I would like to thank the Peking University and Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China for hosting this Round Table. I was very interested to hear the presentations of select academic leaders from both countries and the outcomes of their deliberations. The themes on which you have focused your discussions, are vital for the future of university education in both our countries. They represent the current focus of academic communities world wide – and are an area where the academic community in both China and India could collaborate to great mutual bene… more »

Govt to offer incentives to young Start-ups: Dr Jitendra Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
On the completion of two years of completion of the NDA Government, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here that Government will offer incentives to young Start-ups and entrepreneurs. Addressing a meeting of the Department of Youth Affairs, Dr Jitendra Singh said that, since by coincidence he simultaneously holds the charge of both Northeast as well as Youth Af… more »

First of its kind survey on Passenger Satisfaction Survey at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSI) Airport, Mumbai gives a positive feedback about quality of services etc.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
In a first of its kind survey, CBEC engaged a reputed Management School, L.N.Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai (WE School) to conduct a survey of Passenger Satisfaction levels of customs clearance process at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, one of the largest Airport in terms of international passenger traffic in India. The findings of the Survey were released by the Research Team of WE School at a meeting held at Mumbai Customs House on 21st May 2016, in the presence of Chairman, CBEC, Shri Najib Shah. The scope of the Survey was to assess Passenger Sa… more »

Possibilities for closer cooperation between India and China are limitless, says President

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressed eminent cultural and academic personalities in Beijing today (May 25, 2016). The event was co-hosted by Embassy of India and Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. Speaking on the occasion, the President said the possibilities for closer cooperation between India and China are limitless. Realizing the full potential of our relationship is a shared responsibility. Our Governments have a primary role, but the efforts of civil society, academia, think tanks, cultural icons and artists are equally impo… more »

Address by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the reception for cultural and academic personalities/eminent persons co-hosted by Embassy of India and Chinese People’s Association for friendship with foreign countries

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
It is an honour for me to address this gathering of distinguished cultural and leading academic personalities of China. 2. I particularly appreciate the presence of H.E. Mr Li Yuanchao, Vice President of the People’s Republic of China. His presence here today testifies to the high importance that China also attaches to the enduring academic and cultural exchanges between our two ancient civilizations. Friends, 3. Many of you are old friends of India; you have made important contributions to the strengthening of the mutual understanding and friendship between our two countries. Th… more »

PM’s interaction through PRAGATI

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired his twelfth interaction through PRAGATI – the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation. The Prime Minister reviewed the progress towards handling and resolution of grievances related to disbursement of scholarships/fellowships to students. He sought to know the reasons for the delay, and enquired about the progress of Aadhaar-linkage to disbursal of benefits to students. He urged the concerned officials to increase the speed of addressing grievances, and aim for quick and effective reso… more »

Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi releases Draft Model Rules under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi released the Draft Model Rules under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 in New Delhi today. The draft rules have been released for stakeholder comments and suggestions. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015 has come into force from 15th January, 2016 repealing the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000. The Act is a comprehensive law with strengthened provisions for children in conflict with law and those in need of care and prote… more »

Bina-Katni 3rd line project, West Central Railway

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for taking up Bina-Katni 3rd line project at an estimated cost of Rs.2,478.23 crore and expected completion cost of Rs.2,917.06 crore. The 278.7 km long railway line is expected to be completed in five years. Besides facilitating the travel, the thermal Power Plants in the area will get 3rd line for transportation of their products. It will also greatly ease the ever increasing freight traffic between Bina-Katni section thereby increasing the revenue of Railways. Sag… more »

Vizianagaram and Titlagarh 3rd line project, East Coast Railway

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for taking up Vizianagaram and Titlagarh 3rd line project at an estimated cost of Rs.2,335.68 crore. The length of the railway line will be 264.6 km. The completion period of the project will be five years. The 3rd line is an alternative route to over-burdened existing line. This link also opens an alternative route to oversaturated Kharagpur – Jharsuguda section Howrah-Mumbai Grand Trunk Route and Howrah-Chennai section main line. Rayagada and Kalahandi districts of… more »

Doubling of Roza-Sitapur Cantt.-Burhwal Broad Gauge single line

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for doubling of Roza -Sitapur Cantt.- Burhwal Broad Gauge single line project at an estimated cost of Rs.1,295.42 crore with expected completion cost of Rs.1,486.46 crore with 5% escalation per annum. The length of the railway line will be 180.77 km. The completion period of the project will be five years. Doubling of this line between Burhwal junction and Roza junction will fulfil the demand of the increasing traffic leading to socio economic development of area. B… more »

Doubling of Surendranagar-Rajkot railway line

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for doubling of Surendranagar-Rajkot project at an estimated cost of Rs.1,002.39 crore with expected completion cost of Rs.1,137.17 crore with 5% escalation per annum. The length of the railway line will be 116.17 km. The completion period of the project will be four years. Doubling of this line will greatly ease the ever increasing freight traffic between Okha-Rajkot, Porbandar-Kanalus, Veraval-Rajkot and Maliya Maiyana / Navalakhi-Dahinsara-Wankaner section. *Bac… more »

Doubling of Pune-Miraj-Londa railway line

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for doubling of Pune-Miraj-Londa railway line project at an estimated cost of Rs.3,627.47 crore and expected completion cost of Rs.4,246.84 crore with 5% escalation per annum. The length of the railway line will be 467 km. The completion period of the project will be five years. Besides travelling people, industries in and around Miraj-Londa section will have additional transport capacity to meet their requirements. Doubling of this line will greatly ease the ever in… more »

Cabinet gives ex-post facto approval to the proposal of M/s Yes Bank Ltd. for increase in the foreign investment limit from 41.87% to 74%

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today granted ex-post facto approval to the proposal of M/s Yes Bank Ltd. for increase in the foreign investment limit to 74% from the existing foreign equity of 41.87% without any sub-limits, for investment by way of issue of non-equity shares and/or other permissible instruments to eligible non-resident investors. The mode of instruments include Qualified Institutions Placement (QIP) of equity shares and/or issue of ADRs/GDRs and/or QFIs/FPIs under the Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS) by a… more »

Cabinet gives ex-post facto approval to the Amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs) in Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and Puducherry

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for introduction of two Bills in the Parliament for certain amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 so as to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes in respect of five States, namely, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and identification of new communities in the Union Territory of Puducherry. The following communities as per approved modalities were found to be eligible for their inclusion in, exclusion from and other modifications in the list of Scheduled Tr… more »

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Flipkart defers joining dates of IIM graduates by 6 months
India’s largest e-commerce firm Flipkart.com has deferred by six months the joining date for graduates of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to whom it made job offers, as the company looks to cut costs amid a funding crunch. The move may hurt Flipkart’s brand image as an employer during campus hiring in the years to come. The prestigious IIMs are considered the most important recruiting ground for companies. As per reports, Flipkart, which has been struggling to raise fresh funds, has slashed hiring along with spending on discounts and marketing. Apart from hiring a few senior leaders, Flipkart has reduced hiring to a trickle over the past two months in order to save costs. The delay in joining dates could impact the relationship between B-schools and Flipkart, an email from the office of IIM-Ahmedabad’s chairperson to Flipkart co-founder Mr. Binny Bansal and human resources head Mr. Nitin Sethi said. The e-commerce firm had made 17 job offers at IIM-Ahmedabad. He also demanded that Flipkart give a written commitment that these students will be absorbed by December. The B-school also requested that either the period of deferment be lowered or the compensation for deferment be increased.
Source : 25-05-16   Livemint.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Mr. Anand Chandrasekaran quits Snapdeal
In yet another high-profile exit from a start-up, chief product officer at Snapdeal Mr. Anand Chandrasekaran has quit the company less than a year of joining it. Mr. Chandrasekaran was technically the third-in-command at the online marketplace. Snapdeal’s co-founder Mr. Rohit Bansal confirmed the news on Twitter. According to sources, Mr. Chandrasekaran might start a new venture and is on the verge of setting up a team to do that. “He might launch a new company or be part of the founding team of one. However, details are being kept under wraps,” said a source. A Snapdeal spokesperson said Mr. Chandrasekaran has done some stellar work on the product side. “His insights and attention to detail have helped us traverse quickly towards launching and improving products at Snapdeal. We wish him the very best for his entrepreneurial journey ahead.” The last one year has seen a large number of high-profile executives in the Indian start-up ecosystem putting in their papers. Reasons ranged from starting new ventures to lack of job satisfaction. Flipkart has in the last few months lost a number of its top management hands, including Myntra co-founder and the third most powerful executive at the company Mr. Mukesh Bansal, chief product officer Mr. Punit Soni and chief business officer Mr. Ankit Nagori.
Source : 24-05-16   Business-standard.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
PayU India ropes in Airtel former executive Mr. Sachin Singhal to head consumer biz
Payment solutions company PayU India said it has appointed Bharti Airtel’s former executive Mr. Sachin Singhal head of consumer business. In the given role, Mr. Singhal will be responsible for designing effective business strategies and bring in growth, PayU India said in a statement. The company had recently partnered with IndusInd Bank to bring the full suite of consumer banking products online and powering the same through payment innovations and online eco-systems enabled by PayU. “We will continue to build strong relationships with banks and bring out products which will largely impact the Indian online payment space,” Mr. Singhal said. The consumer business category will aim at unifying Indian banking services with latest fin-tech innovations by PayU and create a shift in the way banking and payments is done in India, the statement said. “Mr. Sachin Singhal brings valuable industry knowledge and experience to PayU India which will help us design effective business strategies and more innovative solutions for our consumers and help PayU grow its presence,” PayU India CEO and co-founder Mr. Nitin Gupta said. Mr. Singhal joins PayU India with over a decade of experience in business and technology. During his stint with Bharti Airtel, he led the channel marketing and mobile Internet growth. An alumnus of IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad, he has also worked at One97 and Tradus.com.
Source : 18-05-16   Financialexpress.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
More companies tweak maternity leave policies to retain employees
With an eye on retaining women employees, more companies are tweaking their maternity benefit policies, including increasing the mandatory three-months paid leave to six. Interestingly, companies are changing leave policies not just in the event of childbirth, but also surrogacy and adoption. Broadcaster Sony Pictures Network is the latest to join the bandwagon following the footsteps of companies such as Accenture, Airtel, Flipkart, Godrej and Tata Sons, which incorporated changes in their HR policies to curb attrition among women and also to increase gender diversity. Sony Pictures has introduced initiatives to make the company more women-friendly. SPN’s ratio of female employees to the overall employee population stood at 32.2 per cent during 2015-16 fiscal year. The media conglomerate has made amendments to its maternity leave policy with an increase in the quantum of paid maternity leave. This policy is also applicable to women who wish to opt for adoption or surrogacy. The duration of paid leave that can be availed for maternity has been increased from 12 weeks to six months. SPN has made special provision for a Mother’s Room, where a new mother can pump and store milk for her baby while at work. “Women form an integral part of our workforce. Our policies are geared towards encouraging women at SPN to develop their careers and essay leadership roles while playing a key part in supporting their families,” said Mr. NP Singh, CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India. The company also has a paternity policy applicable for its male employees for a period of five working days or 84 calendar days in case of a single male parent (adoption).
Source : 18-05-16   Thehindubusinessline.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
IIM Bangalore becomes the only Asian Management School to feature in the Top 50 World University Rankings
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), at the 31st position, is the only Asian Management School to be ranked in the prestigious ‘2016 SCM World University 100’ survey by SCM World. IIMB has been ranked alongside universities like University of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, INSEAD, University of Texas at Austin, among others. “We are proud to be ranked in the 2016 SCM World University’ ranking. IIMB started the Supply Chain Management Centre (SCMC) over a decade ago, sensing the need for an effective mechanism to promote closer and enduring industry-institute collaboration. The distinguished faculty line-up and high quality research in different aspects of supply chain management at SCMC have been instrumental for this achievement,” said Professor Raghavan Srinivasan, Director Incharge, IIMB. IIMB has been actively pursuing Supply Chain Management as a major area of teaching and research. The SCMC at IIMB has carried out dedicated research, teaching and consulting activities in different aspects of Supply Chain Management covering logistics management, inbound/outbound transportation, network design, modeling and optimisation, partnership and negotiation, information technology and e-commerce and end-to-end Supply Chain Management strategies. The ranking is based on survey data collected from over 2,000 supply chain professionals.
Source : 21-05-16   Dnaindia.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
CEO Mr. Vishal Sikka, COO Mr. Pravin Rao among 54 crorepati employees at Infosys
Infosys, India’s second largest outsourcer currently has 54 employees who earn annual salaries of at least Rs 1 crore, the company said in its annual report. Going by the information, the number of crorepati employees is three times higher than the figure of 18 two years ago. The number, however, stood at 113 last year but it was mainly on account of the one-time bonuses and high incentives the company had handed out to many of its key executives. Infosys had also given out-of-turn promotions and bonuses to thousands of its employees which in turn helped the company make a strong comeback, witnessing the highest growth rate among big IT companies. According to the company’s annual report, Infosys currently has 260 employees who earn over Rs 60 lakh per annum, as compared to 200 in the previous year. The report further stated that the number of crorepati employees may fall in the next financial year as six such employees have quit Infosys, including chief financial officer Mr. Rajiv Bansal, whose annual salary was Rs 10 crore. Infosys CEO Mr. Vishal Sikka took home Rs 49 crore salary in FY16, as compared to Rs 4.56 crore in the financial year 2015-16. The company’s chief operating officer UB Mr. Pravin Rao received Rs 9.28 crore salary this year, which is almost 1.5 times higher than his Rs 6 crore salary last year.
Source : 20-05-16   Indiatvnews.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
PSU banks in rush to get women directors on board
As many as eight woman directors have been appointed to the boards of public sector banks (PSBs) in the last six months, as the government looks to adhere to regulations that mandate companies to have at least one woman director. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) issued the directive in February 2014, asking all listed companies to adhere to the rule by October 1, 2014. The deadline was, however, extended by six months to March 31, 2015. Despite the extended deadline, several state-owned lenders failed to comply. At present, there are 11 women directors on boards of state-owned banks, who are either nominees of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) or the government, according to Prime Database. Of them, in the last six months, the finance ministry directly appointed three directors as its own nominees — Ms. Sindhu Pillai (UCO Bank), Ms. Vandana Jena (Syndicate Bank) and Ms. Mudita Mishra (Indian Bank). “Public sector banks have huge responsibilities and it may take time to follow this rule, but the government has started appointing women officials its own nominees as and where it can,” said an official source. State Bank of India (SBI) and Punjab National Bank (PNB) already have women chiefs — Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya and Ms. Usha Ananthasubramanian, respectively. Ms. Bhattacharya is, however, slated to retire in September. The SBI chairman is on the boards of four banks, including SBI, and three of its subsidiaries. Finance and corporate affairs minister Mr. Arun Jaitley has said that the government will take strict action against companies that do not adhere to the Sebi directive.
Source : 20-05-16   Hindustantimes.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
As Apple plans to Make In India, China fears exodus of production chain and loss of thousands of jobs
As Apple CEO Mr. Tim Cook spoke of plans to expand manufacturing operations in India, China apprehends that it could lead to possible exodus of Apple production chain and loss of tens of thousands of jobs, Chinese state-run media said. “It seems the time has come for China to consider whether it is ready for the possible exodus of Apple Inc’s production chain,” said an article referring to Mr. Cook’s comments during his India tour. Mr. Cook had discussed with Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi the “possibilities of manufacturing”. “Mr. Cook shared Apple Inc’s future plans for India. He spoke of the possibilities of manufacturing and retailing in India. He appreciated the breadth of young talent in India and said the youth have significant skills which Apple would like to tap,” an official statement had said. “Mr. Cook’s words have prompted a heated discussion in China. Wage increase has apparently eroded China’s labour competitiveness, resulting in the departure of a number of manufacturing businesses. Now people are wondering if Apple will be the next one,” the Global Times said. Apple’s decision could affect the jobs of tens of thousands of Chinese workers. However, a see-saw battle between China and India over the technology giant is not the only solution, it said. It is natural that Apple would want to move its manufacturing base from China to another Asian nation to lower production costs. In fact, before Mr. Cook’s words, some major Apple suppliers such as Foxconn had already announced plans to expand their business in India,” the report said. China may need to promote the development of more local manufacturers and encourage them to move to less-developed central and western regions where labour costs are lower, it said.
Source : 23-05-16   Financialexpress.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
IT firms to go slow on hiring this fiscal
Not many may find luck this year in getting hired by an IT company. In 2015-16, the Indian IT industry created about 2 lakh jobs, lower than the initially estimated 2.75 lakh jobs. This fiscal hiring may be even lower. The big four Indian IT companies added 67,000 plus employees in the last fiscal, a 10 per cent increase over the previous year. But, in their forecast for the current fiscal, all of them have indicated a slower addition to their headcount. A tough economic condition in global markets has been weighing on the performance of IT vendors of late. This has led to revenue growth slipping for IT vendors in recent quarters. For India’s largest IT player as well as employer, TCS, the revenue growth (constant currency) in 2015-16 dropped to 11.9 per cent from 17 per cent in 2014-15. With clients cutting back discretionary spends, it has been a tough year for all Indian IT companies. The going is likely to get tougher with increasing competition from their MNC peers, who have built stronger capabilities around high end services such as consulting and newer technologies such as cloud and big data. Double digit growth for Indian players will be increasingly hard to come by. Nasscom too has lowered its 2016-17 growth estimates for the IT industry to 10-12 per cent (in constant currency terms) after 12.3 per cent growth in 2015-16. Many Indian IT service companies are increasingly using more automotive tools in IMS and BPO service lines resulting in better productivity and lower manpower requirement.
Source : 20-05-16   Thehindubusinessline.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Shell is axing another 2,200 jobs
Oil giant Shell is cutting “at least 2,200” more jobs as part of cost cutting measures, designed to cope with the persistently depressed price of oil. The cuts will include the loss of 475 jobs in the company’s operations in the UK and Ireland. “These are tough times for our industry and we have to take further difficult decisions to ensure Shell remains competitive through the current, prolonged downturn,” Mr. Paul Goodfellow, Shell’s vice president for UK & Ireland, said in statement. That “prolonged downturn” saw Shell’s profits slump by 80% to just $3.8 billion (£2.6 billion) in its full year results in February. Mr. Goodfellow continued: “The reductions we’re announcing in Aberdeen are part of a global programme of job reductions in Shell. Last year, in response to the oil price downturn, we made the tough but necessary decision to remove 7,500 Shell staff and direct contractor roles and this has now been completed. Separately, as previously announced, a further 2,800 global staff reductions were initially identified as part of the BG integration, which is now well underway.”
Source : 25-05-16   Businessinsider.in   Compiled by www.naukri.com
HSBC’s branch rationalisation exercise will cut over 300 jobs in India
British lender HSBC announced a consolidation exercise under which it will almost halve its branches in the country to 26 as customers shift to digital alternatives for their banking transactions. The exercise will also lead to over 300 jobs being affected, which is less than one per cent of its total workforce of over 33,000 people in the country, and “redeployment opportunities will be accorded to the affected employees”, the bank said. “A key priority is the fair treatment of our staff and we will do everything we can to assist affected employees during this business transition. Redeployment opportunities will be accorded to the affected employees,” it said in a statement. The total number of branches will be coming down to 26 in 14 cities from 50 in 29 cities earlier, with a bulk of the impact in smaller centres. It added that the impacted branches account for only 10 per cent of the customer base in the country. The reduction in branches is due to customers’ adoption of digital solutions, it said. “This change reflects changes in customer behaviour, who are increasingly using digital channels for their banking,” the bank said.
Source : 20-05-16   Firstpost.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Microsoft to trim smartphone business, plans to cut 1,850 jobs
Microsoft Corp said it will trim down its smartphone business by cutting 1,850 jobs, most of them in Finland, and write down $950 million from the operation. The U.S. Company, which entered the phone business in 2014 by buying Finnish firm Nokia’s handset unit, said it would “streamline” its smartphone business and close down its research and development site in Tampere, Finland. Microsoft said it will continue to develop Windows 10 Mobile platform and support its Lumia smartphones, but declined to say whether it would develop new phones. “We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation,” said chief executive Mr. Satya Nadella in a statement. “We will continue to innovate across devices and on our cloud services across all mobile platforms.” Earlier this month, Microsoft divested its entry-level feature phones business for $350 million.
Source : 25-05-16   Reuters.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Nokia to shed more than 1,000 jobs in Finland
Mobile phone giant Nokia is to cut more than 1,000 jobs in Finland, the company announced as part of cost-cutting measures following its merger with Alcatel-Lucent. Once the world’s top mobile phone maker, Finland’s Nokia has been crushed by Samsung and Apple in the smartphone and tablet market in recent years, but earlier this month said it was returning to the fiercely competitive field. Nokia last month said it expected some 1,300 jobs to go in Finland, but the number announced in a statement was slightly lower, at 1,032. The company is targeting 900 million euros ($1 billion) of savings per year starting in 2018 and further redundancies are expected around the world. In its first earnings announcement since the deal with French-American rival Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia reported a first quarter net loss of 513 million euros ($583 million) earlier this month. The company, just three days back, said that it was about to re-enter the mobile handsets business. Nokia Technologies had said that it has granted HMD global, a newly founded company based in Finland, an exclusive global license to create Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets for the next ten years. While HMD will focus on new devices that will carry the Nokia brand name and run on Google’s Android OS, Foxconn’s subsidiary FIH Mobile Limited will manufacture, sale and distribute Microsoft’s feature phones. Microsoft is believed to have sold the portfolio to Foxconn after the last quarter alone saw a 46 percent drop in phone revenue, slightly better than the 49 percent drop in the quarter before that.
Source : 21-05-16   Hindustantimes.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Companies are chalking out plans to train differently-abled people for managerial roles
Jubilant FoodWorks, the parent firm of Domino’s Pizza in India, has come up with a programme because of which one can expect differently-abled employees in the company’s managerial roles in the coming years. As a part of the programme, the company plans to have one differently-abled worker in tier-1 city outlets with 25 or more employees, said Mr. Biplob Banerjee, executive VP (HR and CSR), Jubilant FoodWorks. Jubilant FoodWorks is now one of the several companies in the country that want to hire people with disabilities and train them for managerial roles. IBM India, for example, has four-hour sessions for senior employees, making them aware about unconscious bias while also stressing on the need to include more differently-abled employees in the workforce. “Differently-abled employees bring in a diversity of thought to the organisation, and hiring such persons is a business imperative for us, not a CSR activity,” said Mr. DP Singh, vice-president of HR (India/South Asia) at IBM. EY India hires differently-abled talent through the Ability Foundation in Chennai, and the whole process is governed by a special mechanism. Other companies that in the recent past have come up in favour of hiring differently abled staff include Infosys, Dell, IBM, HCL and Accenture.
Source : 20-05-16   Businessinsider.in   Compiled by www.naukri.com
DBS Singapore denies expansion reports; will not relocate 1,500 jobs to India
Singapore’s largest lender Development Bank of Singapore has denied reports about its expansion plans, saying it was not outsourcing about 1,500 jobs to India. “To be clear, DBS is not relocating its existing tech operations to another location, nor does it have such plans,” “DBS Asia Hub in Changi Business Park (in Singapore) continues to be the group’s largest tech hub anywhere in the world, supporting its digital strategy,” said the bank. The group said the report, which triggered a reaction from netizens on Twitter and Facebook, was probably the result of its announcement in India earlier last week that it is setting up a technology hub in Hyderabad, which will be the biggest outside of Singapore, with plans to recruit 1,500 people for the facility over the next two years. “The new tech centre in Hyderabad is an addition to DBS’ operations as the bank expands,” it said in a statement. A spokesman said the bank hired 600 people in Singapore last year, bringing its total headcount here to 10,300. “DBS continues to hire in Singapore across different functions, including in technology,” the spokesman was quoted as saying.
Source : 22-05-16   Business-standard.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com

Term of the Day – Conundrum

TERM OF THE DAY MAY 26, 2016
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A complex or perplexing problem that generally has no clear solution. For example, a failing companycan find itself in a conundrum as it tries to figure out a solution to generate profits again.
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The company found itself in a conundrum when its supplier was unable to provide new materials and several hundred orders were beginning to back up.

13 Hilarious Maps That Satirise European National Stereotypes

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TERM OF THE DAY MAY 25, 2016 command economy

TERM OF THE DAY MAY 25, 2016
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An economy in which market mechanisms are replaced by a centralized state authority whichcoordinates all economic activity through commands, directives and regulations for the purpose of achieving broader socio-economic and political objectives. In a command economy, most forms ofoutput are publicly owned but the state exerts control over production, distribution and prices. For example, … Read more

 

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The command economy did not allow farmers the freedom to grow as much corn as they wanted; instead, they had to grow as much as the government told them to grow or else they would not be allowed to grow corn again.

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

 

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Financial assistance from National Sports Development Fund to Ms Krishna Poonia for training

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 39 minutes ago
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has approved financial assistance for 80 days training to Ms Krishna Poonia under Mr. Mac Wilkins at Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista, California, USA. Financial assistance from the National Sports Development to the tune of USD 14000 per month for two months’ training has been sanctioned. This sanction is against the projected training expenses of USD 19300 per month (including USD 3000 per month as coaching fee), as per the invoice, plus air travel, visa, insurance etc. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Revision of Scheme of National Welfare Fund of Sportspersons

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 39 minutes ago
The National Welfare Fund for sports persons was set up in March, 1982 with a view to assisting outstanding sportspersons of yesteryears, who had brought glory to the country in sports, now living in indigent circumstances,. The scheme was last reviewed and revised in July 2009. Scheme of National Welfare Fund of Sportspersons has been reviewed again and has been revised extensively. Under the revised Scheme, amount of annual income for being eligible for getting financial assistance from the Fund has been raised from the existing Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 4 lakh. Scope of the Scheme ha… more »

Eastern Fleet Ships on deployment to South China and North West Pacific

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
In a demonstration of its operational reach and commitment to India’s ‘Act East’ policy, the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet, under the command of Rear Admiral SV Bhokare, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, sailed out today, 18 May 16 on a 2½ month long operational deployment to the South China and North West Pacific. During this overseas deployment, the ships of Eastern Fleet will make port calls at Cam Rahn Bay (Vietnam), Subic Bay (Philippines), Sasebo (Japan), Busan (South Korea), Vladivostok (Russia) and Port Klang (Malaysia). Indigenously built guided missile stealth frigates… more »

Deep Depression Over West Central & Adjoining South West Bay of Bengal

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
The depression over southwest Bay of Bengal moved north-north eastwards at a speed of 10 kmph during past six hours, intensified into a deep depression and lay centred over west central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal at 0830 hrs IST of today, the 18th May, 2016 near latitude 13.3º N and longitude 81.0 ºE, about 170 km south-southeast of Nellore. The system is likely to move north-north eastwards along and off Andhra Pradesh coast and intensify further into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours. Thereafter it is likely to move north eastwards along and off north Andhra Pradesh… more »

Annual Conference of Relief Commissioners/ Secretaries of Disaster Management of States/UTs held

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
The Annual Conference of Relief Commissioners and Secretaries of the Departments of Disaster Management of States and Union Territories was organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs here today. The Conference was convened primarily to review the status of preparedness for dealing with any natural disaster that may arise due to South West Monsoon 2016. The Conference was inaugurated by Shri Rajiv Mehrishi, Home Secretary. Shri R.K. Jain, Member, National Disaster Management Authority addressed the participants. Representatives of 27 States, 6 Union Territories, National Disaster R…more »

Feasibility/implementation study being carried out by SNCF for New Delhi – Chandigarh corridor of existing Indian Railways network.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu in his Rail Budget Speech of 2014-15 announced that New Delhi – Chandigarh Corridor will be upgraded for increasing the speed of passenger trains to 160/200 kmph. Ministry of Railways of the Republic of India had already signed an MoU with the French National Railways (SNCF) on dated : 14.02.2013 on technical co-operation in various fields of Railways. One of the areas of co-operation mentioned in the MoU is regarding exchange of experience, technologies & know-how for upgrading speed on existing infrastructure of Indian Railways. To … more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to inaugurate Intelligent Operations Centre in Rashtrapati Bhavan and launch a mobile app for transformation of President’s Estate into a smart township tomorrow

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate an Intelligent Operations Centre (IOC) in Rashtrapati Bhavan and launch a Mobile App ‘Monitor’ for transformation of President’s Estate into a smart township at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow (May 19, 2016). The IOC is a software solution designed by IBM which helps collect and make sense of the rich data streaming in from several sources within the Estate to provide intelligent insights. It offers integrated data visualization, near real-time collaboration and deep analytics that will help agencies… more »

Joint issue between Department of Posts and United Nations Postal Administration on UN Women HeForShe postage stamp

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 22 hours ago
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, was apprised of the joint issue of UN Women HeForShe postage stamp. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Department of Posts and United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) in February, 2016 for this purpose. In this Joint issue, the stamps were printed in the form of sheetlet of 20 se-tenants and Miniature Sheet of two stamps on the occasion of International Women’s Day. UN Women HeForShe campaign is a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in su… more »

Improved voluntary retirement scheme package for employees of Hindustan Vegetable Oils Corporation

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 22 hours ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the proposal for offering an improved Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) package based on 2007 notional pay scales for the employees of Hindustan Vegetable Oils Corporation (HVOC). The Government assistance will be in the form of non-plan grant of approximately Rs.27.56 crore to the company. HVOC is a Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. The employees …more »

Union Home Secretary inaugurates Annual Conference of Relief Commissioners/Secretaries of Disaster Management of States/UTs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 22 hours ago
The Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Mehrishi inaugurated the Annual Conference of Relief Commissioners/Secretaries of the Department of Disaster Management of States/UTs here today. The status of preparedness for South West Monsoon, 2016 is being reviewed with the participating central agencies and states and UTs. Shri Mehrishi said that the disasters or adversities are increasing in number and intensity in the country ranging from earthquakes, draughts, floods, forest fires among others and there is a need for better preparedness and putting comprehensive improved risk reduction/m… more »

India believes that every country should have a zero tolerance policy towards terrorism, President tells CCTV

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 22 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has given an interview to CCTV ahead of his visit to China from May 24 to 27, 2016. In the interview, the President has said “India always believes that every country should have a zero tolerance policy towards terrorism and the fight should be all out. India and China both huge countries-multicultural, multiracial-if they come together in fighting this menace, I am sure it will have its own impact”. Excerpts of the interview can be seen at http://english.cctv.com/2016/05/18/VIDEAG8tte6hD0VITklVnZoB160518.shtml Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Site for construction of National War Memorial and National War Museum

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 22 hours ago
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, was apprised of the decision taken by the Empowered Apex Steering Committee (EASC) that Princess Park Complex would be the suitable site for construction of the National War Museum. As regards the National War Memorial the same would be constructed at ‘C’ Hexagon of India Gate as approved by the Cabinet in its meeting held in October, 2015. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Annual Conference of Relief Commissioners/ Secretaries of Disaster Management of States/UTs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Mehrishi will inaugurate the Annual Conference of Relief Commissioners and Secretaries of the Department of Disaster Management of States/UTs tomorrow in New Delhi. The Annual Conference will review the status of preparedness for South West Monsoon, 2016 and discuss other Disaster Management related issues. Representatives of concerned Central Ministries/Organizations rendering Emergency Support Functions, scientific organizations associated with forecasting officers of the Armed Forces and Central Armed Police Forces will participate in the Con… more »

The Empowered Institution (EI) approves VGF Support for two PPP Projects of Government of Rajasthan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Empowered Institution (EI), under the Government of India’s Scheme for Financial Support to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Infrastructure, met here today (17.05.016) for its Seventy-First meeting. The Meeting was chaired by the Additional Secretary (Investment), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and approved Viability Gap Funding (VGF) support to two projects of the Government of Rajasthan. One project, in the Road Sector for Development and Operation of Chomu Chandwaji – Highways Project, was granted in-Principle approval while the other project, in the…more »

Government constitutes a five Member Committee to comprehensively review and give recommendations on the FRBM roadmap for the future

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
In pursuance of the Budget Announcement 2016-17, the Government has constituted a five Member Committee to comprehensively review and give recommendations on the FRBM roadmap for the future. The composition of the FRBM Review Committee is as follows: (i)Shri N.K. Singh, Former Revenue Secretary & Expenditure Secretary &Former Member of Parliament(Rajya Sabha) : Chairman (ii)Shri Sumit Bose, Former Finance & Revenue Secretary: Member (iii)Dr. Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advised (CEA) : Member (iv) Shri Urijit Patel,Deputy Governor,RBI: Member (v) Shri Rathin Roy, Dire… more »

States asked to convert 3,784 urban areas into statutory Urban Local Bodies

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Statutory ULBs lead to planned urban development, enhanced revenues ; entitled to Central assistance W.Bengal has 780 Census Towns, Kerala-461, Tamil Nadu-376, Maharashtra-279, UP-267, MP-112 Ministry of Urban Development has asked 28 States to take immediate and necessary action to convert 3,784 Census Towns into statutory Urban Local Bodies to promote planned urban development. Shri Rajiv Gauba, Secretary (Urban Development) in a letter to the Chief Secretaries of these States has highlighted the need for statutory Urban Local Bodies for planned and coordinated infrastructure deve…more »

Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal issues directions to ensure timely supplements and consistently high quality food to Athletes during their preparations for Rio Olympics

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Government has issued directions to ensure that athletes get timely supplements and consistently high quality food during their preparations for Rio Olympics, 2016. The directions were given by the Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal after his surprise visit to the Sports authority of India’s Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports (NSNIS), Patiala yesterday to take stock of the facilities being provided to the athletes preparing for the Rio Olympics 2016. The Minister directed that the Athletics Federation of India be contacted and food s… more »

Health Minister Shri J P Nadda meets State Health Ministers on NEET

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
Most States in favour of NEET; will soon decide on implementation issues: J P Nadda “Most States are in favour of NEET in- principle. However, some States have expressed that there are some logistic issues that are impeding its implementation, and therefore they have desired for some more time”. This was stated by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda after he met the Health Ministers from various States to hear their views on issues related to NEET, here today(16.05.2016). Shri Nadda stated that he had fruitful discussion with the Health Ministers from many St… more »

Dairy provides livelihood to 60 million farmers in India Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
*During 2015-16, farmers produced **160.35** million tonnes of milk- Shri Singh* *At present, dairy sector is growing at the rate of 9.59 per year.* *America, Brazil, Australia and other countries are importing Indigenous Indian milch animals to develop heat resistant species.* *Odisha and Karnataka have been granted Rs. 2 crore each for marketing of A – 2 type milk.* *Rs. 582.09 crore have been allocated for 35 proposals under the National Gokul Mission.* *States have been granted permission to establish 14 Gokul Grams.* Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Mi… more »

President urges ICCR to continue to support Tagore scholars across the world

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the first copies of books “Tagore’s Vision of the Contemporary World” and ‘Tagore and Russia” today (May 16, 2016) at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President received the two books from Prof. Lokesh Chandra, President, ICCR who formally released them. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that he was happy to receive the first copies of these two books containing proceedings of seminars organized in 2011 by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). He complimented the ICCR on the initiative and for i…

What Bankruptcy Bill is all about? – The Economic Times

What is Bankruptcy Code?

It is a legislation, which suggests time-bound settlement for insolvency cases. A few weeks ago, the Parliament passed the Bill paving its enactment. This is particularly useful when lenders struggle to recover their loan dues.

Why is it needed?

Indian banks are now fraught with bad loans eating into their profits significantly as many large corporate borrowers have defaulted repayments running in lakhs of crores, many a times wilfully. This essentially lead to court cases as lenders tried to get back their dues through legal means, which is pretty lengthy compared to other countries. This aggravates banks’ woes further. Backed by the regulators, banks are now seeking liquidation of those willful defaulting comapnies but at a shortest possible time, a move that will save the banks’ bleeding balance sheets.

What is the time hurdle?

The time to resolve insolvency (number of years from the filing for insolvency suit in court until the resolution) is 4.3 years in India compared with just six months in Japan, eight months in Singapore, one year in Malaysia as well as the United Kingdom , and 1.5 years in the us , shows World Bank data updated till 2015.

Will Bankruptcy Code help?

Certainly, given a proper implementation. The legislation will cut the resolution time when a borrowing entity fails to pay up on time. Lenders/investors, according to the provisions, can recover dues within a period of 180 days, with an extension of another 90 days, provided threefourth of the creditors agree. With little recovery chance, any company will be liquidated automatically.
Why investors?

The code will work well deepening the shallow corporate bond market in India, perceived to be a bigger source of company borrowings compared to bank loans. With higher recovery chances, institutional investors will start betting on lower-rated corporate bonds, where default chances are relatively higher.

Many foreign institutional investors stay off as the insolvency suits are time-consuming. The same lot does not hesitate to invest in the so-called “junk bond” market in the US as recoveries are fast-paced there. 6. Challenges for the Bill? Implementation. Everybody is now looking at fast execution of the Act.

via What Bankruptcy Bill is all about? – The Economic Times

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

States asked to convert 3,784 urban areas into statutory Urban Local Bodies

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 12 hours ago
Statutory ULBs lead to planned urban development, enhanced revenues ; entitled to Central assistance W.Bengal has 780 Census Towns, Kerala-461, Tamil Nadu-376, Maharashtra-279, UP-267, MP-112 Ministry of Urban Development has asked 28 States to take immediate and necessary action to convert 3,784 Census Towns into statutory Urban Local Bodies to promote planned urban development. Shri Rajiv Gauba, Secretary (Urban Development) in a letter to the Chief Secretaries of these States has highlighted the need for statutory Urban Local Bodies for planned and coordinated infrastructure deve…more »

Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal issues directions to ensure timely supplements and consistently high quality food to Athletes during their preparations for Rio Olympics

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 12 hours ago
Government has issued directions to ensure that athletes get timely supplements and consistently high quality food during their preparations for Rio Olympics, 2016. The directions were given by the Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal after his surprise visit to the Sports authority of India’s Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports (NSNIS), Patiala yesterday to take stock of the facilities being provided to the athletes preparing for the Rio Olympics 2016. The Minister directed that the Athletics Federation of India be contacted and food s… more »

Health Minister Shri J P Nadda meets State Health Ministers on NEET

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
Most States in favour of NEET; will soon decide on implementation issues: J P Nadda “Most States are in favour of NEET in- principle. However, some States have expressed that there are some logistic issues that are impeding its implementation, and therefore they have desired for some more time”. This was stated by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda after he met the Health Ministers from various States to hear their views on issues related to NEET, here today(16.05.2016). Shri Nadda stated that he had fruitful discussion with the Health Ministers from many St… more »

Dairy provides livelihood to 60 million farmers in India Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
*During 2015-16, farmers produced **160.35** million tonnes of milk- Shri Singh* *At present, dairy sector is growing at the rate of 9.59 per year.* *America, Brazil, Australia and other countries are importing Indigenous Indian milch animals to develop heat resistant species.* *Odisha and Karnataka have been granted Rs. 2 crore each for marketing of A – 2 type milk.* *Rs. 582.09 crore have been allocated for 35 proposals under the National Gokul Mission.* *States have been granted permission to establish 14 Gokul Grams.* Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Mi… more »

President urges ICCR to continue to support Tagore scholars across the world

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the first copies of books “Tagore’s Vision of the Contemporary World” and ‘Tagore and Russia” today (May 16, 2016) at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President received the two books from Prof. Lokesh Chandra, President, ICCR who formally released them. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that he was happy to receive the first copies of these two books containing proceedings of seminars organized in 2011 by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). He complimented the ICCR on the initiative and for i…more »

Indian Warships Enter Manama (Bahrain) on a Four Day Visit

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Indian Naval Ships Delhi, Tarkash and Deepak under the command of Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Rear Admiral Ravneet Singh, NM entered Manama today. During the visit, the crew of IN ships will undertake professional interactions with the Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF) pertaining to nuances of maritime operations, including means of combating maritime terrorism and piracy. In addition, calls on senior Government and military authorities, sporting and cultural interactions and sharing of best practices, aimed at enhancing cooperation as well as strengthening mutual unders…more »

13 more cities asked to ensure Online sanction of building permits this year

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Hyderabad and Amritsar to go Online from June 1; Jaipur in 4 months To enhance the ‘ease of doing business’ in construction sector, Ministry of Urban Development has asked 13 more cities with airports to enable integrated Online approval of Building Plans during the current financial year. These 13 cities are among the 15 cities for which the Airports Authority of India has evolved Colour Coded Zoning Maps for according ‘No Objection Certificates’ in respect of height of construction projects. The other two cities viz., Delhi and Mumbai have already enabled Online approvals based on … more »

Shri Nitin Gadkari Launches INFRACON, ePACE and up-Scaled INAM PRO: Calls Upon All Stakeholders to Use International Best Practises in Road Building

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari has called upon stakeholders to make conscious and active use of innovations and successful best practices from round the world in engineering and construction of roads. He said that the road transport sector in the country has immense potential, given the high traffic density and adequate availability of resources. However, this potential cannot be realized fully unless every player in the chain of execution has a positive attitude and is ready to give up outdated practices in favour of new and efficient … more »

Reforms to Promote Coastal Shipping: Dollar Linked Coastal Tariff Put in Abeyance by Ministry of Shipping

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Promotion of Coastal Shipping has been one of the major endeavors of Ministry of Shipping. In this regard, the Ministry of Shipping amended the 2005 scheme of coastal concessions on coastal vessels and cargo/ container related charges in September 2015. The amended instructions provide that restatement of rates for coastal vessel should take into account the exchange rate fluctuation of Indian Rupee vs the US dollar, so that vessels related charges for all coastal charges should not exceed sixty percent (60%) of corresponding charges for other vessel. This was notified to Traffic A… more »

15 day Swachh Office drive launched across the country

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
UD Minister Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu inspects cleanliness status in Nirman Bhawan Situation improved since launch of Swachh Bharat Mission, but scope for improvement, says Minister Swachh Office Manual issued for ensuring cleanliness at work places A 15-day special ‘Swachh Office Drive’ for ensuring cleanliness at all Government offices across the country has been launched today as a intensive thematic campaign under Swachh Bharat Mission. Launching the drive here today, Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu planted a Neem sapling at Nirman Bhawan and inspected the buildi… more »

Well marked low pressure area over southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Sri Lanka

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Fishermen advised not to venture into sea along & off Tamil Nadu & Puducherry coasts during next 48 hrs. A low pressure area formed over southwest Bay of Bengal off Sri Lanka coast at 0830 hours IST of 14thMay, 2016. It lay over the same region as a well-marked low pressure area at 0830 hours IST of 15th May, 2016. It would move northwestwards and concentrate into a depression during next 24 hours. It would then continue to move northwestwards, intensify further into a deep depression and cross Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Nagapattinam around 17th May 2016 morning. *Warning:… more »

PM reviews drought and water scarcity situation at high level meeting with Gujarat CM

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a high level meeting on the drought and water scarcity situation in parts of Gujarat. The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt. Anandiben Patel, was present in the meeting. Senior officials from the Government of India, and the State of Gujarat, were also present. Elaborating on the State’s efforts for water conservation, recharge and creation of water bodies, the Chief Minister mentioned that 1.68 lakh check dams, 2.74 lakh farm ponds, 1.25 lakh Bori Bandhs have been made with storage capacity of 42.3 billion cubic feet water, benefit… more »

Popularizing Science Education Among Women

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
To popularize Science Education among women the Department of Science and Technology has recently constituted a Standing Committee for Promoting Women in Science vide Office Memorandum dated 11 March 2016 to recommend special measures to ensure growth of women in science and to design programmes specifically for fostering, utilizing and supporting women in science. The first meeting of Standing Committee is scheduled on 16 May 2016 at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Consolidation of University Research for Innovation and Excellence in Women Universities (CURIE) is another un… more »

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana – Regional launch at Dahod for the three states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & Gujarat

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
*‘Swacch Indhan. Behtar Jeevan – Mahilaon ko mila samman’* The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched for the three states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan today in Dahod. Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt Vasundhara Raje were present at the launch. Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan presided over the event. National President of BJP, Shri Amit Shah also attended the event. Fifteen women from BPL families from…more »

Shri J P Nadda lays Foundation Stone for three new Medical Colleges at Rajouri, Anantnag and Baramulla

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
*A big boost to tertiary healthcare and medical education in the region: J P Nadda* Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri J P Nadda laid the foundation stone for three new medical Colleges at Rajouri, Anantnag and Baramulla districts in Jammu and Kashmir, today. “The new Medical Colleges will strengthen the medical infrastructure and give a big boost to tertiary healthcare and medical education in the region”, Shri Nadda stated. He said that with total outlay of ₹ 189 crore each, the three new Medical Colleges will add 300 MBBS seats per year in the States with 100 seats per… more »

The second meeting of high level Joint Committee on Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project to be held tomorrow on 16.05.2016 in Tokyo, Japan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The second meeting of high level Joint Committee on Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project will be held tomorrow on 16.05.2016 in Tokyo, Japan. The Indian delegation which is visiting Japan for this is being led by Dr. Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI, Aayog. Other members include – Shri A.K. Mital, Chairman/Railway Board, Shri Shaktikanta Das/Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Shri Jaishankar/Foreign Secretary and Shri Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary/Department of Industry Policy and Promotion. The Japanese side will be led by Mr. Hiroto Izumi/Special Adviser to the Hon’… more »

India Meteorological Department forecasts slightly delayed Southwest monsoon – 2016 over Kerala

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
India Meteorological Department forecast suggests that the onset of Southwest monsoon this year over Kerala is likely to be slightly delayed. The statistical model used by IMD, for predicting the onset of monsoon, indicates that the southwest monsoon is likely to set over Kerala on 7th June with a model error of ± 4 days. *Background* The onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala signals the arrival of monsoon over the Indian subcontinent and represents beginning of rainy season over the region. The normal monsoon onset over Kerala is 01 June. Since 2005, India Meteorological Depart… more »

MoS I&B meets Global Film Industry stakeholders at Cannes Film Festival

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
*Col. Rathore & Minister Mr. Ed Vaizey discuss participation of UK in IFFI* Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore met Minister of State for Culture, Communications & Creative Industries, UK, Mr. Ed Vaizey and other key stakeholders in the international film industry at Cannes Film Festival-2016. The purpose of the meetings was to apprise them about the new initiatives taken by the Government of India in the films sector and the myriad opportunities available for the global film industry in India. During the interaction the Ministers also … more »

Exercise Red Flag

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The IAF Team Sets Course Back at the end of a ‘Perfect Flag’ *Red Flag Alaska 16-1, *which was an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska (a successor to the previous COPE THUNDER exercise series) held in the Alaska region, concluded on 14 May 16. The main phase of the exercise had commenced on 28 Apr 16 with a mix of combat and support elements participating from IAF, USAF and USN. Over the last decade, IAF has been actively participating in various operational exercises hosted by various countries wherein its capabilities has been pitted ag… more »

PM Shri Narendra Modi reviews drought and water scarcity situation at high level meeting with Rajasthan CM

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a high level meeting on the drought and water scarcity situation in parts of Rajasthan. The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt. Vasundhara Raje, was present in the meeting. Senior officials from the Government of India, and the State of Rajasthan, were also present. An amount of Rs. 911.64 crore has been released to the State under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), after adjustments of the State balances. This is in addition to Rs 827.25 crore released as central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2015-16 to… more »

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Indian Warships Enter Manama (Bahrain) on a Four Day Visit

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
Indian Naval Ships Delhi, Tarkash and Deepak under the command of Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Rear Admiral Ravneet Singh, NM entered Manama today. During the visit, the crew of IN ships will undertake professional interactions with the Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF) pertaining to nuances of maritime operations, including means of combating maritime terrorism and piracy. In addition, calls on senior Government and military authorities, sporting and cultural interactions and sharing of best practices, aimed at enhancing cooperation as well as strengthening mutual unders…more »

13 more cities asked to ensure Online sanction of building permits this year

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
Hyderabad and Amritsar to go Online from June 1; Jaipur in 4 months To enhance the ‘ease of doing business’ in construction sector, Ministry of Urban Development has asked 13 more cities with airports to enable integrated Online approval of Building Plans during the current financial year. These 13 cities are among the 15 cities for which the Airports Authority of India has evolved Colour Coded Zoning Maps for according ‘No Objection Certificates’ in respect of height of construction projects. The other two cities viz., Delhi and Mumbai have already enabled Online approvals based on … more »

Shri Nitin Gadkari Launches INFRACON, ePACE and up-Scaled INAM PRO: Calls Upon All Stakeholders to Use International Best Practises in Road Building

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari has called upon stakeholders to make conscious and active use of innovations and successful best practices from round the world in engineering and construction of roads. He said that the road transport sector in the country has immense potential, given the high traffic density and adequate availability of resources. However, this potential cannot be realized fully unless every player in the chain of execution has a positive attitude and is ready to give up outdated practices in favour of new and efficient … more »

Reforms to Promote Coastal Shipping: Dollar Linked Coastal Tariff Put in Abeyance by Ministry of Shipping

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 11 hours ago
Promotion of Coastal Shipping has been one of the major endeavors of Ministry of Shipping. In this regard, the Ministry of Shipping amended the 2005 scheme of coastal concessions on coastal vessels and cargo/ container related charges in September 2015. The amended instructions provide that restatement of rates for coastal vessel should take into account the exchange rate fluctuation of Indian Rupee vs the US dollar, so that vessels related charges for all coastal charges should not exceed sixty percent (60%) of corresponding charges for other vessel. This was notified to Traffic A… more »

15 day Swachh Office drive launched across the country

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
UD Minister Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu inspects cleanliness status in Nirman Bhawan Situation improved since launch of Swachh Bharat Mission, but scope for improvement, says Minister Swachh Office Manual issued for ensuring cleanliness at work places A 15-day special ‘Swachh Office Drive’ for ensuring cleanliness at all Government offices across the country has been launched today as a intensive thematic campaign under Swachh Bharat Mission. Launching the drive here today, Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu planted a Neem sapling at Nirman Bhawan and inspected the buildi… more »

Well marked low pressure area over southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Sri Lanka

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
Fishermen advised not to venture into sea along & off Tamil Nadu & Puducherry coasts during next 48 hrs. A low pressure area formed over southwest Bay of Bengal off Sri Lanka coast at 0830 hours IST of 14thMay, 2016. It lay over the same region as a well-marked low pressure area at 0830 hours IST of 15th May, 2016. It would move northwestwards and concentrate into a depression during next 24 hours. It would then continue to move northwestwards, intensify further into a deep depression and cross Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Nagapattinam around 17th May 2016 morning. *Warning:… more »

PM reviews drought and water scarcity situation at high level meeting with Gujarat CM

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a high level meeting on the drought and water scarcity situation in parts of Gujarat. The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt. Anandiben Patel, was present in the meeting. Senior officials from the Government of India, and the State of Gujarat, were also present. Elaborating on the State’s efforts for water conservation, recharge and creation of water bodies, the Chief Minister mentioned that 1.68 lakh check dams, 2.74 lakh farm ponds, 1.25 lakh Bori Bandhs have been made with storage capacity of 42.3 billion cubic feet water, benefit… more »

Popularizing Science Education Among Women

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 15 hours ago
To popularize Science Education among women the Department of Science and Technology has recently constituted a Standing Committee for Promoting Women in Science vide Office Memorandum dated 11 March 2016 to recommend special measures to ensure growth of women in science and to design programmes specifically for fostering, utilizing and supporting women in science. The first meeting of Standing Committee is scheduled on 16 May 2016 at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Consolidation of University Research for Innovation and Excellence in Women Universities (CURIE) is another un… more »

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana – Regional launch at Dahod for the three states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & Gujarat

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
*‘Swacch Indhan. Behtar Jeevan – Mahilaon ko mila samman’* The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched for the three states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan today in Dahod. Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt Vasundhara Raje were present at the launch. Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan presided over the event. National President of BJP, Shri Amit Shah also attended the event. Fifteen women from BPL families from…more »

Shri J P Nadda lays Foundation Stone for three new Medical Colleges at Rajouri, Anantnag and Baramulla

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
*A big boost to tertiary healthcare and medical education in the region: J P Nadda* Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri J P Nadda laid the foundation stone for three new medical Colleges at Rajouri, Anantnag and Baramulla districts in Jammu and Kashmir, today. “The new Medical Colleges will strengthen the medical infrastructure and give a big boost to tertiary healthcare and medical education in the region”, Shri Nadda stated. He said that with total outlay of ₹ 189 crore each, the three new Medical Colleges will add 300 MBBS seats per year in the States with 100 seats per… more »

The second meeting of high level Joint Committee on Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project to be held tomorrow on 16.05.2016 in Tokyo, Japan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The second meeting of high level Joint Committee on Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project will be held tomorrow on 16.05.2016 in Tokyo, Japan. The Indian delegation which is visiting Japan for this is being led by Dr. Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI, Aayog. Other members include – Shri A.K. Mital, Chairman/Railway Board, Shri Shaktikanta Das/Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Shri Jaishankar/Foreign Secretary and Shri Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary/Department of Industry Policy and Promotion. The Japanese side will be led by Mr. Hiroto Izumi/Special Adviser to the Hon’… more »

India Meteorological Department forecasts slightly delayed Southwest monsoon – 2016 over Kerala

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
India Meteorological Department forecast suggests that the onset of Southwest monsoon this year over Kerala is likely to be slightly delayed. The statistical model used by IMD, for predicting the onset of monsoon, indicates that the southwest monsoon is likely to set over Kerala on 7th June with a model error of ± 4 days. *Background* The onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala signals the arrival of monsoon over the Indian subcontinent and represents beginning of rainy season over the region. The normal monsoon onset over Kerala is 01 June. Since 2005, India Meteorological Depart… more »

MoS I&B meets Global Film Industry stakeholders at Cannes Film Festival

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
*Col. Rathore & Minister Mr. Ed Vaizey discuss participation of UK in IFFI* Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore met Minister of State for Culture, Communications & Creative Industries, UK, Mr. Ed Vaizey and other key stakeholders in the international film industry at Cannes Film Festival-2016. The purpose of the meetings was to apprise them about the new initiatives taken by the Government of India in the films sector and the myriad opportunities available for the global film industry in India. During the interaction the Ministers also … more »

Exercise Red Flag

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The IAF Team Sets Course Back at the end of a ‘Perfect Flag’ *Red Flag Alaska 16-1, *which was an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska (a successor to the previous COPE THUNDER exercise series) held in the Alaska region, concluded on 14 May 16. The main phase of the exercise had commenced on 28 Apr 16 with a mix of combat and support elements participating from IAF, USAF and USN. Over the last decade, IAF has been actively participating in various operational exercises hosted by various countries wherein its capabilities has been pitted ag… more »

PM Shri Narendra Modi reviews drought and water scarcity situation at high level meeting with Rajasthan CM

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a high level meeting on the drought and water scarcity situation in parts of Rajasthan. The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt. Vasundhara Raje, was present in the meeting. Senior officials from the Government of India, and the State of Rajasthan, were also present. An amount of Rs. 911.64 crore has been released to the State under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), after adjustments of the State balances. This is in addition to Rs 827.25 crore released as central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2015-16 to… more »

PM Shri Narendra Modi reviews drought and water scarcity situation at high level meeting with Jharkhand CM

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a high level meeting on the drought and water scarcity situation in parts of Jharkhand. The Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Shri Raghubar Das, was present in the meeting. Senior officials from the Government of India, and the State of Jharkhand, were also present. Rs 273 crore was released to the State as central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2015-16. A further amount of Rs. 143.25 crore has been released as first instalment of SDRF for 2016-17. The State has disbursed Rs. 376 crore to 12 lakh farmers under SDRF,… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee Condoles the Passing away of Baba Hardev Singh, Spiritual Leader and Head of Sant Nirankari Mission

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of Baba Hardev Singh, spiritual leader and head of Sant Nirankari Mission. In a condolence message to his wife, Smt. Sawinder Nirankari, the President has said, “I am sad and distressed to learn about the untimely demise of Baba Hardev Singh. Words are difficult to give solace at this moment of deep loss to you and your family. Baba Hardev Singh was a pious soul, always concerned about the welfare of the community. He provided able leadership to the Sant Nirankari Mission during his 36 years at its helm. I… more »

India and WHO sign a landmark agreement for Global promotion of Traditional Systems of Medicine

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and the World Health Organization (WHO) have signed an historic Project Collaboration Agreement (PCA) for cooperation on promoting the quality, safety and effectiveness of service provision in traditional and complementary medicine. The PCA was signed by Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Shri Ajit M Sharan and Assistant Director General, Health Systems and Innovations, WHO, Dr. Marie Kieny, in Geneva on 13th May, 2016. Minister of State (Independent Charge) of AYUSH Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik and the Director-General, World Health Organization, Dr. Ma… more »

Text of PM Shri Narendra Modi’s address at the International Convention on Universal Message of Simhasth at Ujjain

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
हम लोगों का एक स्वभाव दोष रहा है, एक समाज के नाते कि हम अपने आपको हमेशा परिस्थितियों के परे समझते हैं। हम उस सिद्धांतों में पले-बढ़े हैं कि जहां शरीर तो आता और जाता है। आत्मा के अमरत्व के साथ जुड़े हुए हम लोग हैं और उसके कारण हमारी आत्मा की सोच न हमें काल से बंधने देती है, न हमें काल का गुलाम बनने देती है लेकिन उसके कारण एक ऐसी स्थिति पैदा हुई कि हमारी इस महान परंपरा, ये हजारों साल पुरानी संस्कृति, इसके कई पहलू, वो परंपराए किस सामाजिक संदर्भ में शुरू हुई, किस काल के गर्भ में पैदा हुई, किस विचार मंथन में से बीजारोपण हुआ, वो करीब-करीब अलब्य है और उसके कारण ये कुंभ मेले की परंपरा कैसे … more »

PM Shri Narendra Modi addresses International Convention on Universal Message of Simhastha

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed the International Convention on the Universal Message of the Simhastha, at Ninaura near Ujjain. The Prime Minister received President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka, at Indore airport. President Sirisena accompanied the Prime Minister from Indore, and both leaders arrived at the Convention together. Addressing the gathering, which has also been described as a “Vichar Kumbh” on the sidelines of the Kumbh Mela, the Prime Minister described this convention as the birth of a new effort. He said this was a modern edition of wh… more »

10 Hidden Images Discovered Beneath Famous Classic Paintings

THE ARTS

J.M. RIENNARD MARCH 6, 2016

 

Some classic paintings have surprised us with their “secrets”—forgotten paintings and images concealed for centuries until restoration techniques or new technologies revealed them. Surreal but true, these discoveries have left the art world breathless.

Featured photo credit: Leonardo da Vinci

10La Republique Figure
The Wood Sawyers

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Photo credit: Jean-Francois Millet via Victoria and Albert Museum

Using infrared reflectography, an image of a head was exposed above the left shoulder of one of the men in Jean-Francois Millet’s The Wood Sawyers. With further assessments and thorough scanning, the other parts of the hidden image were completely revealed. It was the figure of the famous French statue La Republique.

Alfred Sensier, the artist’s biographer, later confirmed that this image was originally created as an entry for a certain state competition. Unfortunately, it didn’t earn a prize in that contest. So Millet painted The Wood Sawyersover the original picture. He reused the same canvas simply to save money.

Other details found by the scan were some folded parts, tears, and dark holes in the hidden image. These were probably caused by adjusting the original canvas to its new size.

9A Beached Whale
View Of Scheveningen Sands

The painting View of Scheveningen Sands was created by Hendrick van Anthonissen around 1641 and donated to Fitzwilliam Museum in 1873. The painting depicts an innocent scene of a calm beach in winter with clusters of people gathered for no apparent reason. Yet the picture still seemed normal.

When a student conservator was tasked with removing a yellowing patch of paint, she discovered the painting’s peculiar secret. On the horizon of the ocean, a figure emerged next to a shape that resembled a sail. After further cleaning, the conservators found a picture of a stranded whale. The “sail” turned out to be the whale’s fin.

There was no indication that the van Anthonissen painting featured a beached whale when the museum acquired it. Later analysis suggested that the paint used to conceal the animal was applied in the 18th or 19th century.

Experts believe that the whale was concealed because the picture of a dead animal was considered offensive in the 18th and part of the 19th centuries. Without the whale, the painting was probably more salable.

8A Peasant Woman
Patch Of Grass

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Photo credit: Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, an artist with a tragic life story whose works are quite valuable today, painted his masterpiece Patch of Grass in Paris in 1887. However, scientists from the Netherlands and Belgium have revealed a forgotten portrait hidden behind this painting.

Although the final painting is composed mostly of blues and greens, the portrait is done entirely in brown and red. It was discovered in 2008 with the help of an advanced color mapping technique done with fluorescent X-rays. The details show an image of a woman who appears to be a peasant. Her identity is unknown.

According to art experts, van Gogh often recycled his canvases to save money, which explains why this image remained covered and forgotten.

7Seurat’s Self-Portrait
Young Woman Powdering Herself

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Photo credit: George Seurat via The Courtauld Institute Of Art

To save his dignity, George Seurat intentionally covered up part of his controversial painting Young Woman Powdering Herself. The painting depicts a young woman vainly applying makeup.

The woman was model Madeleine Knobloch, Seurat’s mistress. The background of the painting is a detailed room with several items on display. One of those items is a mirror in the wall that reflects a vase of flowers on a table. Seurat concealed his self-portrait beneath the mirror.

Recent technical examinations have proven that Seurat added the reflection of the flowers to cover his own reflected image. Before the painting was displayed, Seurat had supposedly asked a friend for his opinion of the picture.

Unaware of the illicit affair, his friend commented that the portrait in the room was comical. Seurat then decided to cover his self-portrait to keep his affair secret.

6A Uniformed Man
Portrait Of Don Ramon Satue

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Photo credit: Francisco de Goya via BBC

An unfinished portrait of a man in a formal uniform was discovered when scanning underneath the Portrait of Don Ramon Satue by Francisco de Goya. The details of the face were not completed, so the man is still unidentified. But that hasn’t stopped the speculation about who he is.

The embellishments on the uniform were only used by the highest-ranking men of a chivalric order created by Joseph Bonaparte, who was appointed king of Spain by his brother, Napoleon Bonaparte. Historically, only Joseph and 15 other generals were entitled to wear this type of uniform. Experts haven’t narrowed it down any further.

Joseph Bonaparte’s reign as king lasted from 1808 to 1813. After the ruling party was driven out, Goya continued as the court painter for the new king. Goya probably painted over the man because it would have been dangerous to depict someone in the old regime with a new monarch in power.

5The Face Before It Was ‘Photoshopped’
Isabella de’ Cosimo I de Medici

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Photo credit: Allesandro Allori via artnet

After some experts doubted the authenticity of Isabella de’ Cosimo I de Medici, a conservator at Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh did a detailed examination of the 16th-century portrait of the Italian noblewoman.

Ultimately, the painting was found to be authentic, but the museum experts were still in for a surprise. Through the top layer of cracked paint, they found another painting with the real face of de Medici.

Apparently, the painting had undergone a drastic makeover in the 19th century that made the noblewoman look much younger and prettier. For centuries, people have been fooled into believing that de Medici looked like that.

The original painting revealed an older woman with a wrinkled face and large, unattractive hands that the 19th-century restorer decided to change. Experts have already confirmed that the hidden painting was the real appearance of de Medici. They believe that the painting was altered to make it more appealing and marketable.

4Two Wrestlers
Still Life With Meadow Flowers And Roses

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Photo credit: Vincent van Gogh via Wikimedia, The Washington Post

Since 1974, there have been questions about whether Vincent van Gogh actually painted Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses. Experts have studied its format, its composition, and even the location of the signature.

They concluded that too many details of this painting didn’t match those of van Gogh’s other works. With its authenticity in question, the painting was ultimately removed from van Gogh’s catalog.

It was only when the image of two wrestlers was discovered beneath the painting that the work was deemed to be a real van Gogh. Art experts knew that van Gogh had once drawn images of wrestlers and painted over them when he reused his canvases.

After 10 years of careful research—including a study of the pigments used by the painter—the image of the wrestlers was declared a complete match with van Gogh’s work. Van Gogh had also mentioned the picture of the wrestlers in an 1886 letter: “This week, I painted a large thing with two nude torsos—two wrestlers.” He added that he was delighted with the results.

3The Fallen Strap
Madame X

When John Singer Sargent’s Madame X was first exhibited at the Salon of 1884, it became a subject of controversy and disapproval by many guests and contemporary commentators. At that time, the painting was considered indecent because it featured a fair lady in a simple black gown with one strap falling off her right shoulder in a suggestive manner.

The lady in the painting was Madame Pierre Gautreau, an expatriate from New Orleans who had made a name for herself as a great beauty in Parisian society. Eventually, her humiliated family demanded that the portrait be removed from the exhibition.

Fearing that his painting would be taken from him and destroyed by the Gautreau family, Sargeant decided to alter the painting and draw the strap in its proper place.

As of early 2016, the portrait is displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the previous version was uncovered.

2A Secret Prostitute
Woman At A Window

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Photo credit: Palma Vecchio via The National Gallery

Like Madame X, Palma Vecchio’s Woman at a Window was drastically altered to adjust to the sexual and moral norms of society at the time that it was painted. A planned restoration revealed the painting’s secret when a supposedly damaged underlayer was discovered to be in good condition. It was merely hiding something.

Restoration reports show that the woman in the painting actually had rich blonde hair. Her jawline had been adjusted and her nipples covered. Her eyes, which could have been the most expressive part of the portrait, had also been altered. These changes almost made the subject an entirely different person.

In the original image of the woman, her more prominent breasts, distant stare, and appearance by the window implied that she might have been a prostitute. This explains why her mere presence was socially unacceptableand had to be altered in the painting.

1The Other Women
Mona Lisa

10 Audacious Forgery Scandals That Shook The Art World

THE ARTS

10 Audacious Forgery Scandals That Shook The Art World

GORDON GORA APRIL 14, 2016

 

Art forgery is one the largest criminal industries in the world and costs collectors billions of dollars every year. It remains popular because the rewards are so much greater than the risks—most fakes are not discovered. Some forgers are so outlandish, though, that they become famous in their own right.

Featured image credit: Dan Branch via YouTube

10The Works Of Elmyr de Hory

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Photo via Wikipedia

During his lifetime, Elmyr de Hory was so famous as an art forger that his villa in Ibiza was a frequent stopover for the jet set, the same people who were duped into buying his fakes. De Hory was the subject of F for Fake, an Orson Welles film, and today, his forged paintings can sell for a great deal of money. Many museums still display his works because the curators believe that they were created by great masters.

De Hory constantly moved from one city to another. Much of his early life is unknown, so all we have are the anecdotes that were told by de Hory. He was born in Hungary and claimed that his entire family was killed by the Nazis.

In 1947, he made his way to New York City and found a way to pay for art lessons. His own paintings never sold well, but his detailed copies of other artists’ paintings sold quickly. De Hory always used period canvases to ensure the air of authenticity.

De Hory and his associates escaped detection until 1967 when a huge scandal about fake art seemed to point to him. But the question remained: Why did it take so long for anyone to notice?

It was his eye for detail that allowed de Hory to become so successful. Over the course of his career, he sold thousands of forgeries, including 100 to John Connally, the former governor of Texas. When de Hory began to live in a villa in Ibiza, he was visited by the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Orson Welles, and Clifford Irving (who wrote a biography about de Hory as well as a fake autobiography about Howard Hughes).

After authorities pressed criminal charges against de Hory, he committed suicide in 1976 by taking an overdose of sleeping pills. Ironically, fakes by de Hory have become the subject of forgery themselves. Since a de Hory can sell for several thousand dollars, fake de Horys are big business.

9Ely Sakhai’s Unobserved Fakes

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Photo credit: vertice

Ely Sakhai’s career as an art forger shone a light on the worst aspect of the art world: Many knew that there was something wrong with with his “originals,” but no one wanted to report the problem.

As long as the paintings were passable and created by an artist who was famous enough, they could be sold as premium art pieces. This unscrupulous practice allowed Sakhai to become wealthy and live a lifestyle that he wasn’t able to afford otherwise. When he was caught, Sakhai was running a forgery operation worth millions of dollars from his Union Square front.

After immigrating to America from Iran in the 1960s, Sakhai quickly established himself as a successful art dealer and prominent figure in the Iranian-American community. He regularly dealt with Japanese customers because it was easier to sell fakes to them.

Sakhai made huge amounts of money—as much as $3.5 million—and increasingly turned to more prestigious pieces as a dealer. One of his more premium paintings was by French Impressionist Marc Chagall, which sold for over $300,000 at auction in 1990.

However, something odd was going on. Just three years later, Sakhai had sold the same Chagall to a Japanese businessman for over $500,000. The FBI began to investigate and realized that art dealer Ely Sakhai was simply producing fakes. His scheme was to buy cheaper, lesser-known paintings by prominent artists and then sell his own versions to an unsuspecting public.

He would copy certificates of authenticity and “issue” them for his fakes. Apparently, this worked well because he wasn’t caught until 2004. However, one question still plagues law enforcement: Who painted the fakes? Sakhai was not an artist, so whom did he know? To this day, the question remains unanswered.

8The Wacker Case

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Photo credit: Vincent van Gogh

Today, Vincent van Gogh’s artwork is regularly auctioned for millions of dollars. He has been acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest artists. But his genius was recognized even at the turn of the 20th century. In fact, his paintings were so valuable that a German man named Otto Wacker was able to pull off a major scam involving van Gogh’s work in 1927.

When Wacker claimed to have 33 van Goghs in his possession, dealers were quick to make offers. But there was just one problem: The paintings were fakes.

Grete Ring and Walter Feilchenfeldt, the managers of the firm that bought the paintings, didn’t catch on at first. They had scheduled a major exhibition but had only received 29 of the paintings in time. So they were anxious for Wacker to deliver the remaining four pieces.

When the four paintings finally arrived, Ring and Feilchenfeldt breathed sighs of relief. But upon examining the artwork, the managers realized that the paintings were definitely not van Gogh’s. Although they removed the fake paintings from the exhibition before their reputations were damaged, the managers were understandably angry about being bamboozled.

Over the next five years, a parade of experts, curators, and dealers examined the paintings. In 1932, Wacker was convicted for his forgeries. It took so long because Wacker was on the cutting edge of forgers who used chemistry to achieve an authentic look. He also paid extreme attention to detail.

Some of the paintings from Wacker were real van Goghs. But his fakes were so good that they couldn’t be identified even with the most rigorous testing of the time. The Wacker case caused dealers to upgrade their methods for combating increasingly sophisticated fraud.

7Pei-Shen Qian And The Bergantinos Diaz Brothers

Pei-Shen Qian arrived in America in 1981. For much of the decade, he was a poor artist selling paintings on a street corner in Manhattan. He had started innocently enough. In his native country of China, he had painted portraits of Chairman Mao in art class. He probably never realized that he would be at the center of a multimillion-dollar art fraud scheme one day.

It all began with Jose Carlos Bergantinos Diaz’s discovery of Pei-Shen Qian in the late 1980s. Qian’s pieces looked so authentic that Jose Carlos realized that they could make good money selling them.

Working with Jose Carlos’s brother, Jesus Angel, the group was remarkably successful because Jose Carlos tried to keep the paintings looking as authentic as possible. He went to flea markets to buy old canvases and old paint. He put tea bags on new canvases to give them a vintage look.

Pei-Shen Qian didn’t receive much of the millions that were made from his art. Throughout the 1990s, he was paid no more than a couple hundred dollars for each painting. By 2008, he was paid $7,000, but that was still a drop in the bucket.

After getting the paintings from Pei-Shen Qian, the brothers had art dealer Glafira Rosales sell them. She sold the vast majority to the prestigious Knoedler & Company gallery.

The big surprise is how long this went on. It wasn’t until Rosales confessed to the FBI that the scheme unraveled. The Bergantinos Diaz brothers were convicted along with Rosales.

The only one who got away with it was Pei-Shen Qian. He laughed all the way back to China where extradition is rarely enforced. He said about the controversy: “The FBI said [the paintings] were done by the hands of a genius. [ . . . ] Well, that’s me. How strange it feels!”

6The Stay-At-Home Fraudster John Myatt

Like so many others, John Myatt was a talented artist who couldn’t get his own works sold. In the 1980s, Myatt’s wife left him. The couple had two children, both of whom stayed with Myatt.

This turn of events left him in a vulnerable state: How could he support his two children as a single parent? He turned to a lucrative industry—art forgery—which paid the bills and allowed him to be with his children.

Myatt first entered the world of forgery when he put out an ad for legal forgeries that he painted for £250 each. One was good enough to catch the attention of John Drewe, an art dealer who became Myatt’s partner in crime.

Myatt realized his first economic windfall when he sold an Albert Gleizes “original” for £25,000. “Twelve-and-a-half-thousand pounds [he split the proceeds with Drewe] means I can get a car that works and doesn’t break down all the time,” Myatt explained.

For the next seven years, Myatt continued his lucrative charade. He sold over 200 paintings, some for as much as $150,000 each. However, Drewe’s behavior eventually became too erratic for Myatt and he dissolved the partnership.

Later, Drewe’s ex-girlfriend spilled the beans. Drewe went to prison, and Myatt was convicted soon afterward in 1999. He admitted to creating 200 fakes, but only 80 have been recovered.

Myatt has become a critic of the art industry: “The nonsense, really, is that paintings should be priced the way they are, that a van Gogh can go for, what is it, $75 million? That’s disgusting.” Since being released from prison, Myatt has found a new career in teaching fraudulent art recognition to Scotland Yard.

5The Most Successful Art Forger In History

By all appearances, Wolfgang Beltracchi was nothing more than a wealthy hippie who knew the art world well. He lived in a $7 million villa in Freiburg, Germany, near the Black Forest. While the home was being constructed, he lived in the penthouse of the luxurious Colombi Hotel with his wife. Beltracchi could afford this lifestyle because he was perhaps the most successful art forger in history, according to experts.

Throughout much of Beltracchi’s early life, he was just another restless hippie moving around places like Amsterdam and Morocco and doing drugs. His copying abilities seem to have manifested early, though. He once shocked his mother by painting a Picasso in a single day.

He was self-taught, which is especially remarkable considering his ability to mimic a wide variety of styles. He has expertly copied Old Masters, surrealists, modernists, and just about every other type of painter in art history.

Beltracchi’s career started innocently enough. One day, he saw that paintings of 18th-century winter landscapes were selling for low amounts but paintings with skaters in them sold for five times more. He bought the cheaper paintings, added skaters, and flipped them for a profit.

The exact number of his fakes is unknown, but it must be staggering considering how long he operated without detection. The most prestigious auction houses in the world—like Sotheby’s and Christie’s—have sold his works for well into the six and seven figures.

One of his paintings, a fake Max Ernst, sold for $7 million in 2006. Only 14 of his paintings were cited in the criminal case against him. But his total profit from just those 14 was a staggering $22 million.

4The eBay Frauds

In 2001, Kenneth Walton, Scott Beach, and Kenneth Fetterman created 40 fake “shill” accounts on eBay and worked together to bid up the price of art that they were auctioning. They did this with over 1,100 pieces and made over $450,000. But they became greedy and almost sold a Richard Diebenkorn painting for more than $100,000. Even worse, it was fake.

According to eBay policy, shilling—the practice of bidding on your own items to drive up the price—is banned. But the three men did it anyway by using multiple accounts. When they got greedy and decided to sell the fake Diebenkorn, their scheme crumbled.

They weren’t even desperate for money. Kenneth Watson, a well-paid attorney, claimed that boredom propelled him to engage in illegal behaviorfor the thrill. One day, he bought an $8 painting at a junk shop. Seeing that the style was similar to that of obscure 20th-century artist Richard Diebenkorn, Watson grabbed a paintbrush and signed the canvas “RD52.”

Diebenkorn’s work is highly collectible by the few people who are familiar with it. Watson created an elaborate backstory in which he portrayed himself as clueless about the painting.

He said that his wife wouldn’t let him hang the painting in the house, so he kept it in the garage. Then Watson pretended that he had purchased the painting in Berkeley (where Diebenkorn produced much of his work). Watson also casually mentioned the signature.

Of course, he wanted people to think that the painting was a Diebenkorn. His scheme worked. The bidding rose to $135,805 before eBay and the FBI stepped in. All three men were convicted for their parts in the crime.

Even while he was under FBI investigation, Watson continued to sell phony art on eBay. As this was the first known case of high-dollar fraud on eBay, the company was forced to change their policies to curb the sale of forgeries on their site.

3The Spanish Forger

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Photo via Wikimedia

Unlike the others on this list, the Spanish Forger was never caught. Everything about him remains an enigma: his identity, his motives, and even his ethnicity. His name proves nothing because he probably wasn’t Spanish.

All of this demonstrates the Spanish Forger’s brilliance. No one knows how long he operated or how many fakes he produced in his lifetime. His case still boggles the mind to this day.

In 1930, the Spanish Forger’s work was first recognized when Count Umberto Gnoli offered to sell a painting called The Betrothal of St. Ursula to the Metropolitan Museum for £30,000.

Believing that the painting was created in 1450 by Maestro Jorge Inglese, Gnoli took it to Belle de Costa Greene, the first director of the Morgan Library, for authentication. However, Greene concluded that it was a fake.

Since Ingles was a Spanish painter, the person who forged the work was dubbed the “Spanish Forger.” By 1978, William Voelkle, an associate curator at the Morgan Library, had gathered 150 fakes attributed to the Spanish Forger.

It is generally believed that the Spanish Forger did most of his work around the turn of the 20th century. From 1869 to 1884, an illustrated, five-volume series on medieval artwork was published. Its popularity created a market for medieval artwork and served as source material for the Spanish Forger.

Rather than copy the paintings outright, the Spanish Forger combined elements from various paintings to create something wholly original. Little mistakes such as a misunderstanding of chess, Latin, and liturgy exposed the Spanish Forger. Otherwise, he hid himself well and continues to remain unidentified.

2The Fake Portrait Of Mary Todd Lincoln

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Photo credit: Mathew Brady

For many years, an iconic portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln hung in the governor’s house in Springfield, Illinois. In 1864, it had been painted by respected portrait artist Francis Bicknell Carpenter as a gift from Mary Todd to her husband, Abraham Lincoln.

But Lincoln was assassinated before his wife could present the painting to him. Such a valuable piece of history certainly belonged in a place like the governor’s home—except that it was a complete hoax.

The descendants of Lincoln had discovered the painting in 1929, purchased it for a few thousand dollars, and donated it to the governor’s mansion in 1976. It hung there for 32 years until it was sent to a conservator for cleaning.

The conservator discovered that the painting was actually a fraud perpetrated against the Lincoln family. It was a portrait of an unidentified subject that was painted by con man Lew Bloom. He altered the subject’s features to resemble those of Mary Todd Lincoln and then publicly presented the work as a portrait of her.

According to Harold Holzer, a Lincoln historian, the brooch that Mary Todd wore in the portrait featured an 1857 photograph of Abraham Lincoln that she despised. She is also seen wearing a crucifix, a Catholic tradition that would have been at odds with Mary Todd’s Protestantism.

After the fraud was uncovered, the portrait was removed from the Illinois governor’s mansion. It now hangs in the Lincoln Library with its true origins acknowledged.

1The Egyptian Mona Lisa

Meidum Geese is one of the most iconic paintings in Egypt and has been dubbed the Egyptian Mona Lisa. Discovered in the tomb of Pharaoh Nefermaat, it was supposedly painted between 2610 BC and 2590 BC.

Meidum Geese was considered one of the greatest pieces of art from that era due to its high quality and level of detail. Since it was first uncovered in 1871 by Luigi Vassalli, it has been consistently heralded as an artistic masterpiece. Unfortunately, a recent examination determined that it is probably a hoax.

Highly respected researcher Francesco Tiradritti, who is also director of the Italian archaeological mission in Egypt, studied the painting in person and from high-resolution photographs. After extensive examination, he said that there was overwhelming evidence that the painting was a fake.

He believes that it was painted in 1871 by Luigi Vassalli himself. The first red flag was in the breeds of geese—the red-breasted goose and the bean goose—in the photograph. Both are tundra breeds that are unlikely to fly as far south as Egypt for the winter.

Another issue concerns the use of colors. Beige isn’t seen in any other Egyptian work from that period. In addition, the painting used shades of red and orange that were not comparable to those in Atet’s chapel, where Vassalli allegedly found the painting.

Vassalli was a learned scholar and an accomplished painter, so it was possible that he created the Meidum Geese. The most damning evidence comes from another painting recovered from Atet’s chapel. It depicts a vulture and a basket.

To us, this means nothing. But to an expert Egyptologist like Vassalli, it represents the letters “G” and “A”—the monogram of his second wife, Gigliati Angiola.

Gordon Gora is a struggling author who is desperately trying to make it. He is working on several projects, but until he finishes one, he will write for Listverse for his bread and butter. You can write him at gordongora21@gmail.com.

 

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Annual Conference of Relief Commissioners/ Secretaries of Disaster Management of States/Uts

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The Annual Conference of Relief Commissioners and Secretaries of the Department of Disaster Management of States/UTs will be held on May 18, 2016 in New Delhi. The Conference will be inaugurated by Shri Rajiv Mehrishi, Union Home Secretary. The Annual Conference will review the status of preparedness for South West Monsoon, 2016 and discuss other Disaster Management related issues. Representatives of concerned Central Ministries/Organizations rendering Emergency Support Functions, scientific organizations associated with forecasting officers of the Armed Forces and Central Armed P…more »

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Text of PM Shri Narendra Modi’s farewell speech to the retiring members of Rajya Sabha

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Swedish Delegation calls on Shri Kiren Rijiju

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General Framework Agreement on Renewable Energy Cooperation

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The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was apprised of a General Framework Agreement (GFA) on Renewable Energy Cooperation between India and United Arab Emirates (UAE). The GFA was signed, in New Delhi on 11th February this year during the state visit of Crown Prince of UAE. The objective of this GFA is to establish the basis for a framework through which extensive projects, investments, other forms of commercial endeavours, cooperation in research and development in renewable and clean energy, and knowledge sharing platforms could be enacted on the basi…more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee attends Centenary Celebrations of Banaras Hindu University

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the Centenary Year Celebrations of Banaras Hindu University and delivered the Centennial Address today (May 12, 2016) at Varanasi. Speaking on the occasion, the President said by 2030 more than half of India’s population will be in the working age bracket. The so called demographic dividend is a double-edged sword. Our huge workforce can be an asset or a liability. It will be an asset only if we can provide quality education and skills training. If we can enhance the employability of our youth, we can become suppliers of workfo… more »

Foodgrains worth Rs10, 000 crore better targeted with computerisation of PDS-Shri Ram Vilas Paswan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 23 hours ago
In order to make PDS system totally transparent, the Government is implementing End-to-end Computerisation of TPDS Operations. As a result a large number of bogus ration cards have been eliminated by the States during last two years which has enabled better targeting of about Rs.10, 000 crores’ foodgrains. This was stated by Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution while addressing members of Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry here today. Shri Paswan said centre is continuously perusing State Governments to make P… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee Confers Florence Nightingale Awards to 35 Nurses

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 23 hours ago
Health Minister commends selfless dedication, handwork and compassion of Nurses. The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Florence Nightingale Awards to 35 nurses from across the country on the occasion of International Nurses Day at the Rashrapati Bhavan, here today, in the presence of Shri J P Nadda, Minister for Health and Family Welfare. The President congratulated the award winners and said that nurses play a vital role in all aspects of healthcare, be it national health campaigns like polio eradication, mid-wife services and community education. Their level o… more »

Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal releases a case study “South Asian Games 2016: the dash to the North East”

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal here today released a case study done by IIM Ahmadabad on South Asian Games – 2016 titled “South Asian Games 2016: the dash to the North East”. On this occasion Secretary, Sports Shri Rajiv Yadav and representatives of the OC SAG were also present. This case is a result of a study done by Prof. Sanjeev Tripathi from IIM Ahmedabad on the conduct of South Asian Games, 2016. This was the result of an endeavor of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to collaborate with management institutes to increase professionalism…more »

Contribution of nursing professionals critical in achievement of nation’s healthcare goals, says President

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards to nursing personnel today (May 12, 2016) on the occasion of International Nurses Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Speaking on the occasion, the President said nursing professionals are the backbone of the healthcare system. Nurses play a vital role in all aspects of healthcare, be it national health campaigns like polio eradication, mid-wife services and community education. Their level of commitment and care are much valued in both urban and rural areas, including remote areas of the countr… more »

Speech by the President Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the presentation of National Florence Nightingale Awards for nursing personnel

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
It is indeed a happy occasion for me to confer the National Florence Nightingale Awards for the year 2016 to the deserving nursing personnel of our country. These Awards are presented on the occasion of the International Nurses’ Day. At the outset, let me extend my warm greetings to the entire nursing fraternity on this occasion. 2. Today through the medium of these Awards, we have recognized 35 men and women who have distinguished themselves by their extraordinary services in the field of nursing. The National Florence Nightingale Awards is a fitting tribute to the iconic ‘Lady wi… more »

266% Growth in Tourists arrival on E-Tourist Visa in April 2016 over the same period in 2015

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
UK continues to occupy top slot followed by USA and Russian fed. amongst the countries availing E-Tourist Visa facility during April 2016 A total of 70,045 tourists arrived in April 2016 on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 19,139 during the month of April 2015 registering a growth of 266%. Commencing from 27th November 2014 e-Tourist Visa facility was available until 25th February 2016 for citizens of 113 countries arriving at 16 Airports in India. The Government of India has extended this scheme for citizens of 37 more countries w.e.f 26th February 2016 taking the tally to 150 countri… more »

Creation of Mobility Directorate in Railway Board’s Office

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
In line with the Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu’s budget speech for creation of cross functional Directorates to focus on areas like speed enhancement, motive power depicting Mission Raftaar Ministry of Railways has decided to constitute a new Directorate named as Mobility Directorate in Railway Board’s Office, Rail Bhawan, New Delhi with objective relating to various factors affecting train movement at enhanced speeds. The Directorate would be headed by HAG level officer of Traffic Department viz. Adviser/Mobility and assisted by Executive Director/Director rank off… more »

Creation of Non-Fare Revenue Directorate in Railway Board’s Office

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
In compliance of the Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu’s budget speech to reorganize Railway Board along business lines and setting up cross functional Directorates in Railway Board to focus on areas for enhancing revenues by 10% to 20% from Non-Tariff sources Ministry of Railways has decided to constitute a new Directorate named as Non-Fare Revenue Directorate (NFR) in Railway Board’s Office, Rail Bhawan, New Delhi. The Directorate would be manned by SAG/SG level officers posted exclusively in the Directorate from Engineering, Traffic Commercial and Finance Department…more »

The three day historic meeting of SAARC countries ends with a commitment to set up a uniform toll free Helpline for children across the region

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
*Member countries to cooperate on ICT initiatives to trace missing children, on the lines of Track child and Khoya paya* The three day historic meeting of South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC) ended in New Delhi today with a stepped up commitment to promote child rights and safety and security of children in the SAARC region. The meeting saw an enthusiastic participation of Ministers and delegates from across the SAARC region. The Union Home Minister, Government of India, Shri Rajnath Singh was the Chief Guest at today’s Ministerial meeting. The inaugural … more »

Work towards a technological revolution aimed at empowering millions of our countrymen, says President Shri Pranab Mukherjee

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the National Technology Day Celebrations today (May 11, 2016) in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, the President said it is the untiring efforts and missionary zeal of dedicated scientists and technologists of our nation that has paved the way for India’s emergence as a technology power. We are now working towards a technological revolution aimed at empowering millions of our countrymen. The National Technology Day is symbolic of our quest for scientific inquiry and technological excellence, and a translation of that quest i… more »

Presidential Proclamation in Relation to Uttarakhand Revoked

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India on 11th May, 2016 revoked the Proclamation issued under the Article 356 of the Constitution on 27th March, 2016 in relation to the State of Uttarakhand. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

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Work towards a technological revolution aimed at empowering millions of our countrymen, says president

Parliamentary Delegation from Belarus calls on the President

Civil Services toppers call on Dr Jitendra Singh

Union Human Resource Development Minister Smt Smriti Zubin Irani launches 2016 edition of the code to learn contest

Assistance to promote sports in Kerala

Preparedness of sportspersons qualified for Rio Olympics, 2016

Financial assistance from National Sports Development Fund to Pranjala Yadlapalli, Tennis Player for training at IMG Academy, Florida, USA during 2016.

Financial assistance from National Sports Development Fund to Ankita Raina, Tennis Player for training abroad.

TOP Scheme and Out of Pocket Allowance

Indirect Tax Collections During the month of April 2016 is Rs. 64,394 Crore which is an increase of 41.8% as compared to the collections made in the corresponding Period Last Year (April 2015): Excise Collections Register A Growth of 70.7% while Service Tax Collections Register a Growth of 27.9% in April 2016

The Employee Offer of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) got unprecedented response from the employees as nearly 40% of the employees participated in the offer and applied for 53.17% of 1,21,39,762 shares offered for allotment; This is highest ever employee participation in disinvestment process of any company post OFS.

Culture Universities in the Country

Consumption and Import of Finished Steel

Meeting of the Consultative Committee for Steel and Mines Reviews MSTC and HCL

Gas Connections in Villages

Consultative Committee meeting of Members of Parliament attached to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

Gate Mitras

Shri Shripad Yesso Naik: Need to reach out to unreached populations and meet their healthcare needs

DRDO celebrates National Technology Day

Facts at a glance- Puducherry

India fully committed to a strong partnership for protection of children within SAARC countries: Shri Rajnath Singh

The three day historic meeting of SAARC countries ends with a commitment to set up a uniform toll free Helpline for children across the region

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Transparency has been Brought in to the ADIP Scheme : Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot said that the central government has brought transparency to the ADIP Scheme and the massive response and success of the scheme has added to the popularity of this initiative by the Ministry. The Union Minister also fondly recalled a recent interaction between Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and cochlear implantee children under ADIP scheme during the PM’s popular Radio show Mann Ki Baat, which struck an emotional chord with the audience. He said that the current government remains committed towards the inclusion and empowerment of the marginalize… more »

Shri Kalraj Mishra Inaugurates Khadi Spinning and Weaving Centre in Srinagar

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
The Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Shri Kalraj Mishra inaugurated the Harmukh Khadi Gram Udyog Sansthan, a spinning and weaving centre and marketing plaza for khadi goods at a function in Srinagar today. The Minister also distributed 25 new model charkhas among local artisans at the function, which was organised Khadi and Village Industries Board Srinagar at 90 Feet Road, Soura. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Mishra said that the charkha is a symbol of resistance and can help maximum number of unemployed youth and women in far flung areas to attain ec… more »

Revenue Department takes various measures to boost-up growth and employment generation; Steps to give relief to the small tax payers and to the small business and professionals

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
The Revenue Department of the Ministry of Finance takes several steps for boosting-up growth and employment generation*:* (a) Lowering the Corporate tax rates to *25%* for new manufacturing companies (b) Extending tax benefits for *housing sector* so as to promote construction industry (c) Rate of tax on *royalty and fees for technical services* reduced from *25% to 10%* (d) Tax incentives for *Start-up India* Similarly, it has taken various steps to give relief to the small tax payers and to the small business and professionals*:* The limit of deduction that can be claime… more »

Landmark meeting of SAARC Countries on protection of Children to be held in Delhi from 9th-11th May, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
The eight nations composing the South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC) are assembling in New Delhi from 9th-11th May, 2016 for their 4th Ministerial Meeting, to set strategies and agree on commitments to ensure the protection and security of the children of the region. The landmark meeting is being hosted by the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India. The Ministerial meeting on 11th May will be preceded by a two day technical consultation focusing on critical issues of child protection and violence in the region. Delegates from the gove… more »

Piyush Goyal Urges TISS to Conduct Training for Ministers and Bureaucrats in Social Sciences

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
Shri Piyush Goyal Union Minister of State (IC) for Power , Coal, New & Renewable Energy, today urged the Tata Institute of Social Sciences , TISS to conduct social sciences training programme for ministers. “TISS should consider training programme in behavioural sciences, ethics and leadership for ministers and other public servants” he said while addressing the 76th Convocation of the Institute in Mumbai. Shri Goyal said behavioural science impacts society deeply. He said across the country, public servants should be sensitized on how to deal with the poor and the downtrodden who … more »

MoS I&B Shri Rajyavardhan Rathore participates in Facebook Q&A

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Col. Rathore interacts with netizens; asks them to stay connected with the Government Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore has participated in a live Facebook Q&A with the public and replied to questions fielded by people from different parts of the country. Emphasizing the need to stay connected, the Minister requested the citizens to interact with the government on Mygov.in and NaMo App on a regular basis, to send questions and topics to Prime Minister’s Mann Ki Baat, and to stay connected with all Ministers on their respective social media … more »

Direct Cash Transfer

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Government has initiated Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) with effect from 1st January, 2013 in 43 identified districts for 24 selected schemes. Government vide O.M. No. I-11011/58/2013-DBT dated 13.2.2015 and 19.2.2015 expanded the scope of DBT to cover all Central Sector Schemes/Centrally Sponsored Schemes in which cash benefits are transferred to individual beneficiaries. During 2015-16, Rs. 61, 824.32 crore has been disbursed to 30.78 crore accounts in 59 schemes of 14 Ministries/Departments. The roles and responsibility of State/UT Government in enumerating and identifying of the… more »

Non Compliance of Rules in Appointing Woman Director to the Boards of Public Sector Banks and Public Sector Enterprises

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The status as on March 31, 2016 for the listed companies that have not complied with the requirement of appointing woman director on their Board is as under: *Active Companies* *Suspended Companies* *Total* *BSE* 201 1174 1375 *NSE* 42 149 191 Fines have been levied on these companies as specified in the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Circular No. CIR/CFD/CMD/1/2015 dated April 8, 2015. The status as on March 31, 2016 for Public Sector Enterprises and Public Sector Banks which have not complied with the requirement of appointment a woman director is as under: *NSE…more »

Unified Payments Interface: the product to enable money transfers – both ‘Push’ and ‘Pull’ through Smart Phones

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has informed that it has given in-principle approval to National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) for implementing Unified Payments Interface (UPI). The product will enable money transfers – both ‘Push’ and ‘Pull’ through smart phones. The two important features of UPI are, (i) it facilitates customer convenience by eliminating the need for providing detailed account/beneficiary details, through the use of virtual address and (ii) it facilitates interoperability of person-to-merchant payments (both push and pull). As regards performance of ATMs, as p… more »

Several steps have been taken by the Government to improve implementation of ICDS: Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Government has taken several steps to improve implementation of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS). These include i. APIP linked release of funds; ii. Quarterly review meetings at the national level with the States/UTs; iii. 5-tier monitoring mechanism; iv. Web based Management Information System (MIS) on ICDS Scheme; v. Appointment of Sectoral Officers of Ministry of Women and Child Development for regular monitoring visits of States/UTs; vi. Joint Mother Child Protection Card; Integrated Child Development Scheme is a centrally sponsored scheme implemented … more »

RASHTRIYA MAHILA KOSH lending guidelines simplified, ROI chargeable to beneficiaries reduced

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (RMK) is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Women & Child Development (MWCD). It is a society registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 and an apex micro-finance organization. The main objective of setting up of RMK was to provide micro-credit to poor women for various livelihood support and income generating activities at concessional terms in a client-friendly procedure to bring about their socio-economic development. In fact, the quasi-formal delivery mechanism, simple procedure, in-built flexibility and concessional rates of interes… more »

Exercise Chakravyuh-II

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
In a follow up to ‘*Exercise Shatrujeet’* by the Strike Corps (Strike One) in Apr 2016, the pivot formations are holding major military training exercise codenamed “*Exercise CHAKRAVYUH-II*” in the general area of Pallu – Sardarsahar (Suratgarh) in Rajasthan. The exercise conceptualized by the Pivot Corps involves rapid mobilization and execution of plans in sync with Air Force. The exercise aims to validate the battle readiness and operational effectiveness of *the pivot formation and RAPID division* along with all its affiliated components. The exercise, envisages mechanised ma… more »

Allocation of Rs.33,097 for Northeast in current financial budget: Dr. Jitendra Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh announced that an amount of Rs. 33,097.02 crore has been allocated in the current year’s union financial budget for Northeast. He disclosed it when he was meeting a delegation of social and civil society activists from Manipur, led by Head of the Women Income Generation Centre (WIGC) and prominent political leader, Smt. Indira Oinam, here today. Dr. Jitendra Singh further informed that this amo…more »

Keep your readers interested with the AdSense Guide to Audience Engagement

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Today, information is at our fingertips and we can access it from anywhere on any device. Just a few taps pull up millions of websites all competing for our attention. For bloggers, engaging with your audience has never been more important or more challenging. To help lay the foundation to a winning engagement strategy, the AdSense team created the AdSense Guide to Audience Engagement. Research shows that 29% of smartphone users will immediately switch to another site or app if it doesn’t satisfy their needs. To help keep your audience engaged, get your free copy of the AdSense… more »

Policy/Guidelines to Promote Cashless Transactions

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued instructions on Credit/Debit card transactions – Security and Risk mitigation measures to enhance the security of card transactions (including card based online transactions) and Security and Risk Mitigation measures for electronic payment transaction (including e-banking transactions). The details of the instructions issued are available on RBI website http://www.rbi.org.in. Some of the important instructions are as under: i) Banks have been advised to provide online alerts for all card transactions. ii) Banks have… more »

Proposal to set up a Structured Central Regulatory Framework for AYUSH drugs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Government has considered setting up a structured central regulatory regime for AYUSH drugs. In this regard, the current proposal is to develop a vertical structure for AYUSH in the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO). Accordingly, amendments required in the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 pertaining to regulation of Ayurvedic, Siddha, Unani, Sowa-rigpa and Homoeopathy drugs have been conceptualized and conveyed to the Department of Health & Family Welfare under whose jurisdiction the proposals of amending Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 and strengthening of Central Drugs St… more »

Vice President condoles the loss of lives in the Ujjain Simhastha Kumbh Mela

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari, here today, has condoled the loss of lives in the Ujjain Simhastha Kumbh Mela on May 05, 2016. *Following is the text of the Vice President’s message*: “I am deeply grieved and shocked at the tragic loss of life in the accident at the Ujjain Simhastha Kumbh Mela. I convey my heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved families and pray to the Almighty to give them strength and fortitude to withstand this immense loss. I also wish speedy recovery to the injured.” Courtesy:pib.nic.in

India-Bangladesh review progress of passenger bus services.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
Indo-Bangladesh ties gained further strength when officials from the Transport, Home and Foreign Affairs Ministries from both sides met in Shillong on the 4th of May to review the progress of the passenger bus services between the two countries. Transport Commissioners and representatives of Transport Corporations of Assam, West Bengal, Tripura and Meghalaya, and officials of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, External Affair and BSF attended the meeting on the Indian side. The Bangladesh officials included Joint Secretary, Road Transport Ministry and officials from Ministr… more »

E-health initiatives

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
While Health is a State subject, the Central Government supplements the efforts of the State Government for improving healthcare and creating awareness in the society. Government of India has also launched National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) with a focus on awareness generation for behaviour and life-style changes, screening and early diagnosis of persons with high level of risk factors and their treatment and referral (if required) to higher facilities for appropriate management for Non-communicable Diseases…more »

Health Insurance Scheme for weavers

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Government has issued following guidelines for the implementation of Health Insurance Scheme (HIS) for weavers under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY): i. Health Insurance Scheme for Handloom weavers would be implemented by MoHFW for the year 2016-17 and the budget for the same would be provided by Ministry of Textiles. ii. States would implement the scheme on the same norms as RSBY by including the beneficiaries given by Ministry of Textiles. Scheme would be implemented only in the States presently implementing RSBY. iii. The State Governments which would implement the … more »E

Helicopter Money in the News

NEW DELHI: As the world debates ‘helicopter money’ to spur economic activities, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan today questioned such an easy direct-to-public money transmission and said people may resort to saving rather than spending.

‘Helicopter drop of money’ is used as a metaphor for an unconventional monetary policy tool that typically involves central banks printing large sums of money and distributing it directly to the public or investing in public projects.

So far a hypothetical monetary policy, it is being debated to spur spending and boost economic growth in times of near-zero interest rates and ultra-low or negative inflation.

Delivering a lecture here tonight, Rajan said when the rate of price rise threatens to fall below the lower band or zero, one of the options before the governments and central banks is ‘helicopter drop’ of money.

However, there is a probability that people may not spend and save it, thereby not contributing to growth, he said.

‘Helicopter drop’ was first proposed as an alternative to quantitative easing by the noted American economist Milton Friedman way back in 1969. However, it became popular when Ben Bernanke referred to this term in 2002, when he was a Federal Reserve Governor. This earned ‘Helicopter Ben’ moniker for Bernanke, who became Fed Chairman in 2006.

The term has become even more popular in recent times in the wake of the US central bank’s quantitative easing (QE) policy and is now being referred to as ‘QE for the public’.

Interestingly, Bernanke as Fed Chairman embarked on various rounds of ‘quantitative easing’ to invest trillions of dollars into the system to boost economic growth in the US.

Rajan, known for his frank views on domestic and global macroeconomic issues, today appeared to disapprove of the lower interest rates to boost growth, saying low rates actually lead to people saving more rather than spending.

If the global economy hasn’t got strong growth even 7- 8 years after 2008 meltdown, the problem may be that enough of conventional policy was not resorted to, he said.

“Could easy and unconventional monetary policy be… part of the problem? It was part of the solution post financial crisis. Liquidity provision was extremely important. However what was done then has continued… for long,” he said.

Asking if an aggressive monetary policy could have run out of steam, he said very low-cost and easy capital does not “turf out” inefficient firms.

“Lower the interest rate, the more is the saving… People aren’t going out celebrating when interest rates get cut. Rather people are actually saving more because they need pension, they worry about viability of government fund pensions,” he said.

“You could have perverse effects of very low interest rates and perverse effects of substantial fiscal stimulus. These things eventually run out of steam,” he said.

via Raghuram Rajan questions ‘helicopter money’; says people may not spend – The Economic Times

I didn’t.. Did you know?

Did you know…

… that today is Eiffel Tower Dedication Day? The Universal Exposition opened in Paris on this day in 1889, marking the completion and dedication of the Eiffel Tower. Once regarded with skepticism, the Eiffel Tower is now considered an architectural wonder and attracts more visitors than any other paid tourist attraction in the world.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

— George Bernard Shaw

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What is Marxism?

Marxism
Term of the Day
Marxism
A theory of economic and political development based on the ideas and published works of German philosopher Karl Marx. Marxism states that capitalism, which displaced feudalism, will be replaced by socialism when workers take over society. Marxism provides the core ideas of modern Communism and Socialism.
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In hopes to reduce the struggle between the classes, Karl Marx created Marxism which proposed the idea of a classless, socialist society.

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What is an embargo?

TERM OF THE DAY MAY 2, 2016
embargo

Official suspension of import and/or export of some specific or all goods, to or from a specific port, country, or region, for political, health, or labor related reasons, for a specified or indefinite period.
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The United States of America has a long standing embargo in place with Cuba which was meant to penalize the country for their communist beliefs.

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Entrepreneurship

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The capacity and willingness to develop, organize and manage a business venture along with any of its risks in order to make a profit. The most obvious example of entrepreneurship is the starting of new businesses.

In economics, entrepreneurship combined with land, labor, natural resources and capital can produce profit. Entrepreneurial spirit is characterized by innovation and risk-taking,

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Entrepreneurship can be scary because there is no guarantee that the business will work, and the entrepreneur may end up losing money for the first few years.

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27th IND – INDO Coordinated Patrol

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
The Indonesian Navy and the Indian Navy have been participating in coordinated patrol (CORPAT) twice a year since 2002 to keep this vital part of the Indian Ocean Region safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade. The 27thseries of India – Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) is being conducted from 28 Apr to 19May 16. Opening Ceremony of the CORPAT is being held at Port Blair from 28 – 30 Apr 16. Closing Ceremony will be held at Belawan, Indonesia from 16 – 19 May 16. The Indonesian Navy is being represented by the ship KRI Imam Bonjol and Maritime Patrol Air… more »

Health Minister welcomes SC order in conducting the NEET this year

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda has welcomed the order of the Hon. Supreme Court in the matter of conducting the entrance examination for admission to MBBS and Post Graduate Medical Courses viz. National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) this year. Affirming that the aim of the Health Ministry is to facilitate and enable MCI and CBSE to conduct the entrance exams in a manner and time that would not cause distress to the lakhs of students appearing for the NEET, Shri Nadda said that the Ministry has been making efforts in this direction since a long tim… more »

E-Challans to Drivers: Creating Data Bank of Traffic Violations

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
An e-Challan software comprising a mobile app cum web application has been developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC) for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to provide a comprehensive enforcement solution that can be used by the State Transport Enforcement Cells and also by the traffic police. This application will facilitate a convenient and efficient mechanism to challan errant drivers while providing a set of features and functionalities. Currently, this mobile app cum web application is under pilot implementation in two Regional Transport Offices in the state of Uttar P… more »

Driving-Cum-Fitness Training Centres

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has a scheme for setting up of Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR). During the 10th Five Year Plan and 11th Plan, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways sanctioned 13 and 8 IDTR respectively out of which 16 are functional. The details are as follows. Driver Training Institute (DTI) sanctioned during 10th Five Year Plan S. No. Name of the Driving Training Institute*.* Status (functional or not) 1 Driving Training Institute, Betkuchi, Assam All DTIs are functional. 2 Krishna District Lorry Owners’ Association Vijayawada, Andhra Prades… more »

Foot over Bridges to Reduce Road Accidents

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has proposed an all India competition for design of Foot Over-bridges (FOBs) to make them more user friendly. Entries for the all India design competition for foot over bridges have been invited by NHAI with last date for submission as 17.05.2016. Thereafter the entries would be evaluated and decisions will be taken. Several reasons like non-availability of cross over facilities, inappropriate movement of pedestrians along and across highway, high speeds, lack of visibility etc., are responsible for high pedestrian deaths in the country. Nation… more »

Fee Hike in IITs Subject to Protecting Interests of Poor Students

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
It has been decided to revise the tuition fee in IITs to Rs. Two lakh a year from the academic year 2016-17, subject to the following for protecting the interests of the socially and economically backward students: (i) The SC/ST/PH students shall get complete fee waiver. (ii) The most economically backward students (whose family income is less than Rs. One lakh per annum) shall get full remission of the fee. (iii) The other economically backward students (whose family income is between Rs. One lakh to Rs. Five lakh per annum) shall get remission of 2/3rd of the fee. (iv) All s… more »

Literacy in Villages Under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
In order to give fillip to the advancement of goals and objectives of Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) relating to adult education, an initiative was undertaken to align the Saakshar Bharat programme with SAGY in Saakshar Bharat districts through convergence of existing resources available under the scheme. As a part of this initiative, it was aimed to make all out efforts to achieve 100 per cent literacy in 408 Saansad Adarsh Grams in 276 Saakshar Bharat districts spread in 23 States and One UT by 31st March, 2016. Plan-wise targets are fixed to achieve higher levels of literacy … more »

Rs. 94 Crore released under Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Scheme

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The overall objective of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme is to improve declining Child Sex Ratio in the country and create an enabling environment for the education of girl child and this requires long-term attitudinal change. The Scheme has completed its one year and is at the nascent stage of implementation. In the last one year, several local innovative interventions have been demonstrated by the districts with support from Department of WCD, Health and Education. This has resulted in increased awareness, sensitization and conscious building around the issue of declinin…more »

Steps taken by Government to reduce malnutrition in the country

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
As per one of the targets under Globally Agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons”. To address the components of the Target, the WCD Ministry is implementing Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme and Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Adolescent Girls i.e. SABLA. While ICDS covers the nutritional needs of children o…more »

Disclosure of information under RTI

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
As per guidelines dated 15.04.2015 issued by the Government of India, the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India and other Public Authorities are proactively working towards suo-motu disclosure of information on their websites so as to reduce the need for filing RTI applications. As per the Annual Report of the Central Information Commission (CIC), 75.27% of the Public Authorities have filed their Annual Returns to the CIC for 2014-15, which is higher than the figure of 72.54 % for 2013-14, indicating an improved compliance over the previous year. With a view to maximiz… more »

Reservation in promotion

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
Extant instructions of DoPT provide that reservation in promotion by non-selection method is available to SCs and STs in all Groups i.e. Group A, B, C & D. In case of promotion by selection method, reservation is available to SCs and STs upto lowest rung of Group A. There is no reservation in promotion by selection within Group A. Reservation in posts by promotion under the existing scheme is applicable in which the element of direct recruitment, if any, does not exceed 75%. In accordance with Supreme Court judgment dated 15.07.2014, results of Limited Departmental Competitive Exam… more »

Review of performance of public servants

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is aware that review of performance of public servants occurs only after attaining age of 50 years or completion of 30 years of service. As per Fundamental Rule (FR) 56 (j): “The Appropriate Authority shall, if it is in the opinion that it is in the public interest so to do, have the absolute right to retire any Government servant by giving him notice of not less than three months in writing or three months’ pay and allowances in lieu of such notice: If he is in Group ‘A’ or Group ‘B’ service or post in a substantive, quas… more »

Meeting of the Consultative Committee of Parliament for Steel and Mines held in Delhi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
A meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Steel and Mines was held in New Delhi yesterday on the subject of Review of SAIL and RINL. Presided over by the Minister of Steel and Mines Shri Narendra Singh tomar, the meeting reviewed the progress achieved in the field by the steel public sector enterprises SAIL and RINL. Union Steel & Mines Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar chairing the Consultative Committee meeting said, “Committee has a very important role in development of the steel and mines sectors, and it complements the Ministries of Steel & Mines…more »

Review of Obsolete Laws

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The Law Commission of India has submitted its Reports No. 248th, 249th, 250th, and 251st “Obsolete Laws: Warranting Immediate Repeal”, wherein it recommended for repeal of 72, 113, 74 and 30 obsolete Acts respectively. A Two-Member Committee was also constituted by the Prime Minister’s Office for review of repeal of obsolete laws. The Two-member Committee has submitted its Report, and has inter alia, identified a total number of 1741 Central Acts for repeal. On the basis of the said Reports, total 1827 Acts have been identified for repeal. Total 125 Acts have been repealed during t… more »

Setting up of New Courts

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
In accordance with the recommendations made by the Jaswant Singh commission and judgment pronounced by the Apex Court in W.P.(C) No. 379 of 2000, Bench(es) of the High Court are established after due consideration of a complete proposal from the State Government, which is to provide infrastructure and meet the expenditure, along with the consent of the Chief Justice of the concerned High Court, which is required to look after the day to day administration of the High Court and its Bench. The proposal should also have the consent of the Governor of the concerned State. … more »

PM watches launch of IRNSS-1G; congratulates ISRO scientists from South Block through video-conferencing

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today watched the launch of the navigational satellite IRNSS-1G from South Block in New Delhi. The PSLV, carrying the satellite, lifted off from Sriharikota at 12.50 PM. Moments after the successful launch, the Prime Minister congratulated and addressed the scientists at ISRO in Sriharikota, through video-conferencing. He said Indian scientists have achieved a lot in space science, which has the capacity to transform the lives of the people. “With this successful launch, we will determine our own paths powered by our technology. This is a … more »

Shri Kalraj Mishra Congratulates Trainees & Faculties of MSME Samsung Technical School, Chennai in Attaining 100% Placement

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
Shri Kalraj Mishra Union Minister for MSME Congratulated Trainees & Faculties of MSME Samsung Technical School, Chennai in attaining 100% placement of the 4th Batch of HHP ARISE – 2 (Advanced Repair & Industrial Skills Enhancement) course at MSME – Samsung Technical School, Chennai. With this Chennai MSME has maintained its track record of 100% placement in all the 4 batches certified so far. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Rehabilitation for sick MSMEs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
In order to provide a simpler and faster mechanism to address the stress in the accounts of MSMEs and to facilitate the promotion and development of MSMEs, the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, in exercise of the powers conferred in section 9 of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006, had issued a Gazette Notification dated May 29, 2015 for ‘Framework for Revival and Rehabilitation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises’. Further, in order to make it compatible with existing regulatory guidelines on Income Recognition, Asset Classification and …more »

Direct market intervention strategies for MSMEs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has been providing subsidy under Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme (CLCSS) and margin money subsidy through Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP). Provision of subsidy effectively lowers the cost of borrowing for Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) thereby enhancing the viability and profitability of such enterprises. There are several laws, at present, to handle insolvencies and bankruptcies. These include Companies Act, 2013, Recovery of Debt Due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993 (RDDBFI), … more »

Launching of Satellite by ISRO

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to launch 22 satellites onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C34. These satellites include an earth observation satellite of India (weighing about 710 kg) as primary payload, two nano satellites developed by Indian students (weighing about 2.5 kg) and 19 satellites from four foreign countries viz. Canada (2 Nos., weighing 115 kg), Germany (3 Nos., weighing 155 kg), Indonesia (1 No., weighing 120 kg) & USA (13 Nos., weighing 195 kg) as co-passengers. Swayam and Satyabamasat are the two nano-satellites developed by College of En…more »

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First Meeting of Group of Ministers for Improving Road Safety and Ease of Transport

The Group of Ministers constituted by the Central Government to guide reforms for the road transport sector will hold its first meeting in New Delhi tomorrow. The GoM, headed by Shri Yunus Khan, Minister for Transport, Rajasthan and comprising State Transport Ministers, seeks to find solutions to the various problems plaguing the road transport sector in the country so as to improve road safety and facilitate ease of transport.

India is facing severe problems in terms of deteriorating road safety. The number of fatalities has been increasing steadily and stands provisionally at 1,46,000 deaths in the year 2015. As a signatory to Brasilia Declaration, India is committed to reduce the number of road accidents and fatalities by 50% by 2020. The road transport sector also plays a major role in the economy of the country, bearing 75 % of the total load of passenger and freight transportation. Its share in the country’s GDP is close to 4.5%. The sector however suffers from archaic rules and practices and needs urgent reforms to support the high growth rates of Indian economy. The Road Transport and Safety Bill was brought by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to strengthen road safety as well as improve ease of transport across the country. Discussions have to be held with all state governments to remove any apprehensions or misgivings they may have. In order to ensure road safety and improve customer satisfaction there is an urgent need to make administrative changes, amend the Motor Vehicles Act and make optimal use of technology to cut down delays

The GoM aims to develop a road map for achieving the above deliverables. A preparatory meeting of Principle Secretaries of Transport of States and Transport Commissioners was held in New Delhi on 22″ April, 2016, to crystallize the agenda points for the meeting of the Group of Ministers to be held tomorrow. Among other issues the focus points for deliberations tomorrow are likely to be how to deal with non- motorized transport on roads like pedestrians and cyclists or non road vehicles plying on public places; testing for issue of Driving License which would include discussion on having unified driving license, use of automation, mandatory driver training, rationalization of categories and periodicity for license renewal. Grant of fitness for transport vehicles is another subject on the agenda and would include issues like reviewing periodicity of vehicle fitness in view of better technology, introduction of automation in vehicle fitness, third party fitness testing by dealers or other authorized service stations. Deliberations will also be held on framing rules of road regulations and increase in penalties for traffic violations, with a part of the penalty collected going into improvement of traffic management. For enhancing customer experience discussions will be held on simplification of forms and linking with Aadhar for bio-metric verification, making forms online, inclusion of accidental insurance cover for commercial drivers in third party insurance scheme and also removing provisions regarding dress code for drivers.

Constructivism

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Teaching philosophy based on the concept that learning (cognition) is theresult of ‘mental construction’ students constructs their own understanding by reflecting on their personal experiences, and by relating the newknowledge with what they already know. Each student creates his or her own ‘schemas’ or mental-models to make sense of the world, and accommodates the new knowledge (learns) by … Read more

 

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Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
INS *Karmuk,* an indigenously built Missile Corvette based at the Andaman and Nicobar Command, alongwith a Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft, are participating in the 22nd Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT), scheduled from 19-27 Apr 16 in the Andaman Sea. Maritime interaction between India and Thailand has been growing steadily with frequent port visits, participation in multilateral exercises and training exchanges. Under the broad ambit of this strong maritime relationship, the two navies have been carrying out CORPATs along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) twice… more »

Parliament session from April 25 to complete financial business

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
Demands for Grants and working of 11 ministries to be discussed ; six in Lok Sabha and 5 in Rajya Sabha Finance Bill, Railways Appropriation Bill, Uttarakhand Ordinances, GST Bill, Factories Bill, Afforestation Fund Bill, Enemy Property Bill on the agenda Parliament session will begin from Monday i.e April 25,2016 to address the financial business related to the General and Railway Budgets for the financial year 2016-17 and is scheduled to last till May 13,2016 subject to the exigencies of the Government’s Business. The ensuing session of the Lower House will be the 8t… more »

Centre provides subsidy of Rs 25 crores to contain prices of pulses

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
Centre has decided to provide subsidy on Tur and Urad for distribution of pulses by States at retail price of not more than Rs.120 per kg. For this, unmilled Tur dal is being allocated @ Rs.66 per kg and unmilled Urad dal @ Rs.82 per kg to the States, providing a subsidy of Rs 27 per Kg for Tur Dal and Rs 14 per kg for Urad dal. This would entail a subsidy of Rs 24.4 crore for 10,000 MT pulses ie, 8000 MT Tur and 2000 MT of Urad being allocated to the States. The Government of India has requested State governments to avail this benefit and utilize the available stocks for managing … more »

New Rules notified by Government to revamp Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has notified the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Rules, 2016 on 14 April 2016, the birthday of Babasaheb Ambedkar. The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 was amended by Parliament in 2016. The amendments made stronger provisions for the protection of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from atrocities against them. *Rules have now been framed to give effect to the amended provisions. These rules will speed up the process of dispensation of justice … more »

Shri J P Nadda announces upgradation of Nahan District Hospital to a Medical College

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
Assures all support in its expansion plans Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare announced the upgradation of Nahan District Hospital to a Medical College, at Nahan in Himachal Pradesh today. The Health Minister stated that this will add 100 MMBS seats to the institute at an approved cost of Rs. 189 crores. The upgradation will also include a hospital teaching block, residential blocks and hostel blocks. “Tertiary care facilities will thus get a boost with all these projects coming up,” said Shri Nadda. Noting that the State of Himanchal has shown the progress a… more »

International Solar Alliance Cell and UNDP Declared Cooperation for Promoting Solar Energy

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
On the occasion of the Side event on International Solar Alliance at the UN Headquarters in New York on Friday , the Interim Administrative Cell of International Solar Alliance (ISA Cell) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) declared their intention to promote solar energy globally . Major areas identified for working jointly included :a) Development of synergies with ongoing UNDP programmes and projects on solar energy in and across ISA member countries; b) Creation of complementary linkages with ongoing global and regional efforts in the field of solar energy; c) … more »

Dr Jitendra Singh launches Cancer Care campaign in Northeast

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh launched in Shillong, capital of Meghalaya, today, the first of its kind, weeklong Cancer Care campaign in Northeast under the auspices of “North Eastern Council (NEC) – Pink Chain Cancer Conclave 2016”. The campaign is being attended by Cancer specialists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and other parts of the country, and the weeklong programmes will include public e…more »

Three-day International Yoga Festival concludes on an enthusiastic note

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
Yoga has universal appeal and cuts across all religions : Shri Rajnath Singh Reaching out to the Youth is the focus of this year’s International Day of Yoga Celebrations: Shri Shripad Yesso Naik The three day International Yoga Fest ended on an enthusiastic note in New Delhi today. The Yoga Festival was a Curtain Raiser for this year’s International Day of Yoga-2016 celebrations. The Union Home Minister, Sh Rajnath Singh was the Chief Guest at the valedictory function today(22.04.2016). Addressing the gathering, the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh said that the Yoga has univ…more »

NITI Aayog holds regional consultation meeting of the Task Force on Elimination of Poverty in India in Jaipur

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
In the first meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog held under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister on 8th February, 2015 it was decided to constitute a Task Force in NITI Aayog on Elimination of Poverty in India under the Chairmanship of Dr. Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog. It was also decided that parallel Task Forces on Poverty Elimination will be constituted by each State. Accordingly, a Task Force on Elimination of Poverty in India was constituted by NITI Aayog on 16thMarch, 2015. The Task Force of NITI Aayog held three meetings and interacted with experts in … more »

1 Cr Consumers join the ‘GiveitUp’ Movement

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, today held a press conference to mark achievement of one crore consumers joining the ‘GiveItUp’ movement, which was started on the call given by the Prime Minister on 27.03.2015 at Úrja Sangam’ conclave. Through the GiveItUp initiative the Government urged the well-off LPG consumers to voluntarily surrender their subsidy and through the subsidy saved the Government promised to give connection to such poor families having no LPG connection. Shri Pradhan Hon’ble Minister shared the idea beh…more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee nominated six members to Rajya Sabha

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
The President of India today(22.04.2016) nominated Shri Swapan Das Gupta, Shri Navjot Singh Sidhu, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Shri Narendra Jadhav, Sh. Suresh Gopi and Ms. Mary Kom to the Rajya Sabha. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Prime Minister to address the Panchayati Raj Sammelan On the Occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day On 24th April, 2016 from 3.00 PM in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will address the Panchayati Raj Sammelan on the Occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day on Sunday the 24th of April, 2016 in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. The main function is being held at the J. R. D. Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur from 1500 hrs. The Prime Minister Shri Modi will be welcomed by the Union Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj & Drinking water & Sanitation Chaudhary Birender Singh along with the Chief Minister of Jharkhand Shri Raghuvar Das and other central and state ministers. Around 3,000 Panchayat Representatives from all… more »

Environment Minister’s Speech at the Thematic Debate on Sustainable Development Goals in New York

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The following is the text of the speech delivered by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, at the Thematic Debate on Sustainable Development Goals in New York yesterday: “2015 has been a landmark year because collective wisdom of the world decided on two important issues. First, 17 Sustainable Development Goals and second, a very ambitious balanced agreement on climate change. It was historic, because both of these provide an assurance to the 7 billion people of the world that there will be sustainable developm…more »

Move for an action plan on road safety and ease of transport

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
As part of its ongoing efforts to improve road safety in the country and facilitate ease of transport, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has convened a meeting of Principal Transport Secretaries of states and Transport Commissioners to deliberate on various issues in this regard, that need to be addressed urgently. The deliberations will focus on what needs to be done to make road travel safer, bring down number of accidents, facilitate ease of transport and enhance customer experience in transactions with transport and police departments. Today’s meeting is also being atten…more »

India’s first Cellulosic Alcohol Technology Demonstration Plant at Kashipur, Uttarakhand

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, inaugurated India’s 1stSecond-Generation (2G) Ethanol plant today at Kashipur in Uttarakhand. Taking pride in the indigenously-developed technology and its evolution into a demonstration plant, he said that more such examples are needed, for the initiatives like Make in India and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to be truly successful. Such technological breakthroughs can make India stand out as a leader in the world’s struggle to save the earth from challenges of global warming, he noted. The Minister said that it … more »

Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation meets Sanitation Champions from districts

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
On the occasion of the 10th Civil Services Day, April 21, 2016, the Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Chaudhary Birendra Singh, met with a group of district-level officials who have displayed exemplary results in sanitation. The meeting was a first in a series of such events where grass root Sanitation Champions from across the country will be invited by the Minister to listen to their experiences and encourage them. Opening remarks at the meeting were given by the Minister of State, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav, who congratulated the champion… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to attend the Khongjom day tomorrow

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will visit Manipur tomorrow (April 23, 2016) Where he will attend the Khongjom Day Observation 2016 and inaugurate a Monument-cum-Tourist Centre at Khongjom, Manipur. Khongjom Day is observed on the 23rd April every year by the Government of Manipur to pay tribute to the brave sons of Manipur who made supreme sacrifice for the cause of their motherland. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Rashtrapati Bhavan to host second batch of Inspired Teachers from Central Universities under its ‘In-Residence’ programme from tomorrow for a week

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The second batch of 13 Inspired Teachers from Central Universities across the country will stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan for a period of seven days from April 23 to 29, 2016 as part of an ‘In Residence’ programme. The first batch of 31 Inspired Teachers stayed for a week at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the June last year. The In-Residence programme for Inspired Teachers was instituted by the President of India at the annual Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities on February 5, 2015. Similar programmes exist for writers, artists, grass root innovators and NIT students. The … more »

India gets ‘I led the way’ to the US

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Capitalising on the tag line, *‘I led the way’*, that Energy Efficiency Services limited (EESL) stands for, this government owned company is now gearing up to set up its 21st overseas office in New York in the near future. “We will go back by the weekend and my office will get cracking with the EESL on Monday to set the ball rolling on EESL’s US chapter. There was huge enthusiasm shown by the Green Bank and the Energy Council of the US earlier in the day during my meetings with them,” said Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy. … more »

Joint Conference of Chief Ministers of States and Chief Justices of High Courts

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
A Joint Conference of Chief Justices of High Courts and Chief Ministers of States is being held on coming Sunday i.e. 24th April, 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan, here in New Delhi . This will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in the august presence of Justice Shri T.S.Thakur, Chief Justice, Supreme Court and Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Union Law and Justice Minister. This conference is held periodically to address pressing issues relating to the administration of justice in the country. Last year it was held on 5th April, 2015. Chief Ministers of all the States and Chief Ju… more »

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Top 10 Obsolete Weapons That Were Shockingly Deadly – Listverse

1 Jack Churchill’s LongbowWhile World War II dragged on with its technological advancements, British army officer Jack Churchill remained rooted in the ideas of the past. Famously saying that “any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed,” Churchill charged into battle with a large sword and a longbow.Other nations and soldiers used swords during the war, but Churchill remains unique in his use of the longbow. Churchill fought from 1940 until the end of the war and spent most of his time in British Commando units. During his combat actions, Churchill used the longbow to signal an attack or charge for his men.In 1940, Churchill killed a Nazi NCO in France with his longbow. Scholars consider this to be the last confirmed kill with a longbow in history. Even though Churchill didn’t kill anybody else with the longbow, his use of the weapon became iconic.He developed a reputation for invincibility on the field, leading to various outlandish victories. The most notable one occurred at the town of Piegoletti. While screaming and charging through the night with his medieval weapons, Churchill led his troops to victory against a superior Nazi force.Churchill’s use of the longbow is best described by British weapons historian Mike Loades:Shooting someone with a longbow as the overture to opening up with rifles doesn’t suggest a specific advantage for using the longbow in that situation, but rather a macabre curiosity of using the situation to see what it was like to kill someone with a longbow.Zachery Brasier (despite being relatively antiwar) likes writing about military history.

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Happy Birthday Pt. Ravishankar

Did you know…

… that today is the Birthday of Ravi Shankar (1920)? Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar was born in Varanasi, India, on April 7, 1920. The Brahmin family into which Shankar was born had a tradition of involvement in music and the arts stretching back literally for centuries. But it wasn’t until his “discovery” by the Beatles’ George Harrison that he became a household name and changed the very sound of the 60s.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I believe in one thing: that anyone who is able to do something good for someone, I mean, should be praised.”

— Ravi Shankar

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Great ! My birthday coincides with ….:)

Did you know…

… that today is First Modern Olympic Games Day? On April 6, 1896, the Olympic Games, a long-lost tradition of ancient Greece, were reborn in Athens 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I. At the opening of the Athens Games, King Georgios I of Greece and a crowd of 60,000 spectators welcomed athletes from 13 nations to the international competition. In 2004, the Summer Olympics returned to Athens, with more than 11,000 athletes competing from 202 countries.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it.”

— Jesse Owens

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What is a glass ceiling?

TERM OF THE DAY APRIL 6, 2016
glass ceiling

Invisible but real barrier through which the next stage or level of advancement can be seen, but cannot be reached by a section of qualified and deserving employees. Such barriers exist due to implicit prejudice on the basis of age, ethnicity, political or religious affiliation, and/or sex. Although generally illegal, such practices prevalent in most countries.
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Daisy felt she hit a glass ceiling at work, because all of her male coworkers were promoted to management positions, while she was still considered a junior employee.

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Transparency International Newsletter

5 April 2016

Today’s top story

Global: Mossack Fonseca serviced Assad cousin’s firms despite Syria corruption fears
The Guardian

The firm at the centre of the Panama Papers leak serviced a string of companies for a top financier in Bashar al-Assad’s government in the face of international concern about corruption within the Syrian regime.

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Global: Panama Papers highlights links between oil and African leaders, businessmen
International Business Times (TI mention)

Global: Rethinking how we measure corruption in Africa
African Media Agency (TI mention)

Brazil: Panama Papers: Brazilians embroiled in Petrobras corruption scandal also linked to Mossack Fonseca documents leak
International Business Times

China: China limits coverage and denounces Panama Papers’ tax haven revelations
Reuters

Iceland: Panama Papers: Iceland prime minister seeks early poll
BBC

Malaysia: S’wak candidates urged to sign Election Integrity Pledge
FMT news (TI mention)

UK: Panama Papers leak taints David Cameron’s effort to curb massive UK tax avoidance
Vice (TI mention)

Ukraine: Will the ‘Panama Papers’ bring down Ukraine’s Chocolate King?
Foreign Policy (TI mention)

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What are checks and balances? – parkhe@gmail.com – Gmail

TERM OF THE DAY APRIL 4, 2016
checks and balances

1. Corporate: internal control mechanism that guards against fraud and errors due to omission. In a system with checks and balances, the authority to make a decision, and the associated responsibility to verify its proper execution, is distributed among different departments. These department are kept logically and physically apart, and no one department can complete a transaction all on its … Read more

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The system of checks and balances that the company had in place were impenetrable thus reducing their number of corporate thefts and embezzlement issues to zero.

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Mt. McKinley Day

Did you know…

… that today is Mt. McKinley Gets Climbed Day? In 1910, Alaska’s Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, was climbed. It is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,310 feet above sea level. The Koyukon people who inhabit the area around the mountain have referred to the peak as “Denali” for centuries. “Mount McKinley” was the official name recognized by the United States government from 1917 until 2015, when the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the change of the official name of the mountain to Denali.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”

— Scott Hamilton

How an Alibaba arm offers mouth-watering deals that Indian ecommerce players can’t – The Economic Times

@NarendraModi ji – While UN does not have a definition of  Terrorism – Indian Government’s Ministries do not have a definition of eCommerce and Marketplace and there are simply NO RULES ! It makes Chinese invasion thru Trade terrorism easy with its official Dumping of the cheap products which kill Indian enterprises especially MSME Sector.  But is the Government really willing to take any steps ?  I wonder😦

 

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Great article by Seth Godin – Gullible

  • Actually, the truth isn’t up to them – http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/147085548/0/sethsblog~Actually-the-truth-isnt-up-to-them.html
    There it is, in black and white, on page 782, between gullet and Gulliver. Actually, it’s not there, which is cause for worry. In the brand new fifth edition of the classic American Heritage Dictionary, the word ‘gullible’ is missing.
    A significant defect.
    Clearly, they need to recall all of the books they’ve already printed.
    Sandy Williams, head of the division at Houghton Mifflin that publishes the book, was clearly working hard to avoid the cost of a recall. “It turns out,” he was quoted as saying, “that our lexicographers found some significant evidence that cast doubt on whether or not it’s even a word. We decided, in an abundance of caution, to leave it out of this edition.”
    That’s the warning sign… when the rationale/logic/story happens after you’ve decided what you want to do, not before.
    This relentless reframing of the truth into something else causes us to not ask the right questions, it prevents us from understanding our options, and from making smart choices. As soon as we say the truth is relative, and shiftable, and a matter of opinion, we lose the power that comes from knowing.
    Just because a leader can gain power or influence by denying a truth isn’t sufficient reason for you to follow him.
    The irony runs deep. People claiming that they care about health have held vaccines back from their kids, re-introducing dangerous diseases to their childhood.
    People insisting that they care about education run to join school boards and then work to introduce mythology to children instead.
    The world is not flat. Gullible actually is a word. The ice is melting. The world is not 5,000 years old. Stevie Wonder, is, unfortunately, blind.
    In a culture where con men, hucksters and others desperately seeking power and influence have decided that they can profit by making truth seem relative, we’re in danger of every day becoming the first of April.
    Gravity’s not just a good idea, it’s the law

What is a Ponzi scheme? – parkhe@gmail.com – Gmail

TERM OF THE DAY MARCH 31, 2016
Ponzi scheme

Scam in which a gullible group is enticed with the promise of very high returns in a very short time, but is based on paying off the early ‘investors’ from the cash from (hopefully ever increasing number of) new ‘investors.’ The whole structure collapses when the cash outflow exceeds the cash inflow. The originators of the scheme, however, usually disappear with large sums a few days before … Read more

USAGE EXAMPLE
Federal investigators began looking into the company’s affairs on suspicion of running a Ponzi scheme after seeing months of abnormally high returns without any visible product or service offered.

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Happy Birthday GMAIL.. :)

Did you know…

… that today is Gmail Announcement Day? On this day in 2004, Google announced that it would be introducing a free email service called Gmail, which was officially launched the next day. Trivia fans: When Google issued a press release date-stamped April 1, an awful lot of people briefly took it to be a really good hoax.😉

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.”

— William Jennings Bryan

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Today is Jeopardy Day

Did you know…

… that today is Jeopardy! Day? Jeopardy, an American television game show created by Merv Griffin, features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in the form of questions. In 2013, the program was ranked No. 45 on TV Guide’s list of the 60 greatest shows in American television history. Watch your favorite game show today!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“What I like most about change is that it’s a synonym for ‘hope.’ If you are taking a risk, what you are really saying is, ‘I believe in tomorrow and I will be part of it.'”

— Linda Ellerbee

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Charlie Chaplin Legion of Honor Day

Did you know…

… that today is Charlie Chaplin Receives Legion of Honor Day? On this day in 1931, Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin, an English comic, silent film actor and filmmaker, received France’s Legion of Honor. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona “the Tramp” and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.”

— Charlie Chaplin

Purpose of Art

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

— Pablo Picasso

Seth Godin’s latest – I agree in Principle

“I agree in principle…” – http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/145870436/0/sethsblog~I-agree-in-principle.html

“But in practice, I’ll need to be more hard-hearted, practical, selfish, mass-oriented, short-term, callous…” Principles, it seems, are for other people.

Because business is business.

Because my boss won’t let me.

Because he’ll never get elected.

Because we’ve never done it that way.

Because the buyer will never take it for the store.

Because it’s too risky.

Because I’m under a lot of pressure.

Because I’m afraid.

Principle, of course, is for us, not only for other people. One of the great privileges of not living on the edge of disaster is that we have the ability to act on our principles.

The hard part is realizing that it’s never the edge of disaster, and that the long run is always shorter than we imagine.• Email to a friend •

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Joseph Barbera’s Birthday (1911)? Joseph Roland “Joe” Barbera was an American animator, director, producer, storyboard artist, and cartoon artist. Barbera is best known for his partnership with William Hanna, of Hanna-Barbera fame, the most successful television animation studio in the business. They produced such classics as The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo, Top Cat, The Smurfs, Huckleberry Hound and The Jetsons. Enjoy some cartoon watching today!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I have a daughter and she’s the greatest thing that ever happened to me. She gives me a good excuse to watch cartoons.”

— Mike Dirnt

What is stochastic? – parkhe@gmail.com – Gmail

TERM OF THE DAY MARCH 23, 2016
stochastic

Situations or models containing a random element, hence unpredictable and without a stable pattern or order. All natural events are stochastic phenomenon. And businesses and open economies are stochastic systems because their internal environments are affected by random events in the external environment. Stochastic is often taken to be synonymous with probabilistic but, strictly speaking, … Read more

USAGE EXAMPLE
Sometimes you will find yourself in a situation where the outcome can be stochastic and you need to try and prepare for all variables.

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